August 4, 2015

EDI Expert Video Series Episode 17: Using the IDX in Conjunction with the IDW

In the latest installment of IDEA’s EDI Expert Series, IDEA’s Manager, B2B EDI Solutions, Tom Guzik discusses how the IDX works together with the IDW to provide the most efficient data transfer process possible. 

With each installment, we will bring you answers to frequently asked questions about EDI for users and non-users alike. If you have any questions you would like to see answered in a future segment, please submit your topic to

Q: How can EDI help me with my IDW subscription?
 When the IDW was being created back in [1998], it was built upon a platform that was supported by EDI transactions – specifically the EDI 832, or catalog document. That was meant to make the transport of all this voluminous information very easy, and very affordable.
So, when you’re uploading or downloading IDW data, you don’t want to send flat files or Excel files.  Instead, you should create an EDI transaction, which is error proof because it is seamlessly sent and uploaded. If you’re sending flat files, someone is touching that file to load it into the system on your behalf [increasing the risk of human error]. 
Additionally, when you’re pulling information out of the IDW, you can get all of your downloads as EDI documents. To adjust this preference, simply go to the appropriate partner profile and check the box indicating that you would like your information sent via the Industry Data Exchange (IDX), [IDEA’s EDI network service].
That way, you’re not being charged for those kilo-characters from the IDW and you’re getting it instantaneously, versus going to your FTP folder, manually downloading the data, and then kicking off a job to upload it to your system. Instead, you’re able to utilize the efficiencies you’ve created with your EDI infrastructure and make that part of your best practices for your data needs. 

Want to learn more about EDI or IDEA’s IDX services? Contact Tom Guzik at