February 25, 2016

EDI Expert Video Series Episode 22: To Invest Or Not To Invest In New Servers?

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 talk about situations when it is beneficial to invest in new servers to host your 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: Should I invest in new servers and databases to host my EDI system?

A: I would say you should really consider what your long-term goals are for your EDI program.  If you’re just going to be handling a small handful of trading partners, where the volume is only a couple hundred basic documents a week (e.g. purchase orders, invoices, etc.), then you most likely have enough room on your existing servers. If you don’t, you could easily contract with a hosted server provider that will give you the amount of server space that you need.

However, if you are going to grow your EDI program, it’s a good idea to invest in servers from the very beginning. Get a server that is compatible with your EDI software solution, because some of them are specific. For example, there are certain packages that will require a Windows-based environment, while others work on a Unix-based environment. So, knowing that information upfront is really important when you’re planning how to go about your long-term EDI strategy. It might turn out to be more cost-effective and beneficial to make the investment now rather than later, and put an environment in place that will allow for future growth and expansion.

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