In EDI Expert Video Series 2.0, IDEA's B2B EDI Solutions Manager Tom Guzik goes beyond the basics of EDI to more complex topics. Intended as a guide to small IT teams making big decisions and changes, this series explores the ins and outs of EDI implementation, integration, and maintenance.
Q: Isn’t EDI a relatively old technology? Why would I want to use it – is there a more modern technology I should be using instead?
A: EDI is an old technology, but it’s a proven technology – it is a sound foundation that has already established guidelines for many of the eCommerce practices that are done today. Why would you want to do it? Because even if you were to adopt one of the new, bleeding-edge technologies, they are actually based on the original EDI infrastructure, or architecture. So, these new technologies build upon what was done with the EDI standards, format, and means of transporting data and information, and then add further features and benefits.
For example, newer technologies may offer extensible markup language (XML) services, which are based on a code structure that is very similar to the ANSI X12 that is used for EDI. So, whether you think it’s old or if it needs to be new, you’re still utilizing EDI, but as a foundation for the next step in technology, which has been improved upon.