January 15, 2016

EDI Expert Video Series Episode 20: What’s Involved in EDI Implementation?

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.   
In this episode, we discuss what’s involved in implementing an EDI system. If you have any questions you would like to see answered in a future segment, please submit your topic to communications@idea4industry.com


Q: Is implementing EDI difficult? What’s involved?
A: When you’re implementing EDI, we’ll go back to the question: are you going to build it in-house, or have you outsourced it?

When you’re outsourcing your EDI, the workload on your end is minimal, because the outsourced provider is doing all of the heavy lifting. What you would do on your side is build in, or enable, the means for those transactions to be either exported from your system or imported, so you now have integration.

When you’re doing your own EDI system, where you bring everything in-house, there is a fair amount of work that needs to be done, because you’re going to have to get the translation software; you’re going to need mapping software, which you will have to have put onto a server. That server will either be an existing one or a dedicated server – the choice is up to you; because, if you have the bandwidth, you can utilize an existing one or go with a hosted server solution – whatever makes the most sense.  But, you are going to have to make that initial capital outlay and make sure that everything is well integrated and that it works with your ERP system, because you’re not going to build a software solution and then not have it tied into your ERP system. So, you will need some middleware, and there will be a little bit more expense and a little more work, but at the end, it’s worth it because now you have complete automation and integration, which will start showing you those true savings that one expects to see from an EDI solution. 

Want to learn more about EDI or IDEA’s IDX services? Contact Tom Guzik at tguzik@idea4industry.com.