January 8, 2015

EDI Expert Video Series Episode 8: EDI Failures

EDI Expert Insights with Tom Guzik, Manager B2B EDI Solutions 

This issue’s video discusses EDI failures. Click here or on the video above to watch. If you have any questions you would like answered in a future segment, submit your topic to communications@idea4industry.com

Q: Why do some EDI transactions fail?

A: EDI transactions fail for a couple of reasons. One could be that the document itself in the transaction is malformed in that it’s not following a proper syntax. There’s standard for EDI documents that ANSI[1] creates for where each segment needs to go, how the envelope needs to go on it, etc. So, it’s possible that you could create an EDI transaction that’s not compliant, because most translators will actually let you do that. But, when you send it, it will fail because it won’t be able to translate.

Another possibility is that it’s compliant with the standard, but not with the map the recipient has for it. So, let’s say you’ve created a map to receive an EDI purchase order, and you’ve created it to accept a certain number of segments and qualifiers. If your trading partner now sends you an EDI purchase order, and there are additional segments or qualifiers that you haven’t mapped for, it can fail and crash at that point.

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


[1] The ANSI X12 is one of the largest electronic data interchange (EDI) standards available.  The Industry Data Exchange (IDX) uses EDIPro, a subset of the larger ANSI X12 standard.