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Trend Alert: Dynamics GP Users Changing Course in How They Manage EDI Requirements

Trend Alert!
Dynamics GP Users Discovering What EDI Should Deliver
Lately, we’ve been seeing a rapidly growing trend in the Microsoft GP community when it comes to how companies want to manage EDI. Up until now, it seemed that GP-based companies were selecting one of numerous options to meet their EDI mandates, but now we’re seeing a shift in what they are looking for when it comes to Dynamics EDI.


Here’s What’s Trending:

#1 – End to end automation
Pushing a button to integrate a transaction used to be great as it saved time over manual entry. But now users are asking, “Why do I have to push a button and who is going to do it at 2am?” They want automation of key EDI process that gives them the flexibility and security they’re looking for.

#2 – Manage EDI by exception
GP users don’t want to deal with every transaction, only the issues that need attention. Managing by exception lets the transactions without discrepancies continue without interruption and eliminates unnecessary manual touch points.

#3 – Leverage standard Microsoft integration framework
Writing directly to tables and bypassing business logic is not best practice. By leveraging integration tools such as Microsoft’s e-Connect, users can avoid custom routines that populate data and bypass standard business logic.

#4 – Deeper and broader integrations
Users need more advanced logic, such as touching specific values in a sales order or handling advanced three-way matching logic. They also need broader document integrations so they can get new documents integrated quickly and easily to avoid jeopardizing trading partners relationships.

#5 – Avoid transaction fees
EDI data is a lot like email – would you pay to send an email? Right, then why pay for transactions when you don’t need to, especially when your trading partners support direct connect?

#6 – Audit the transactions
Too many companies complain about the lack of tools available that can identify issues before they become problems. They wonder why they can’t find out that an invoice was not transmitted and/or received by a partner before it is overdue. They would rather receive an email alerting them when a document has failed.

#7 - Guaranteed support turn-around times
In the world of EDI where delays and errors in transacting data can result in unnecessary and costly expense, organizations don't have the flexibility of waiting for support responses.

Answering the Trends
Responding to these trends is an innovative technology model that GP users are rapidly adopting. Users are looking to an EDI solution that is based on leveraging the native integration framework of the GP platform while providing all of the EDI transaction functionality outside the application¸ not inside like other EDI technologies. With this approach, companies can:

  • Implement a plug-and-play, truly integrated solution that doesn’t utilize 3rd party translator tools;
  • Leverage a fully-automated EDI solution with predictable ownership costs; and
  • Benefit from a non-embedded design and XML data storage within SQL that avoids ERP requirements and customizations, simplifying daily use and providing flexibility when managing ERP update/upgrade projects.

The Next Step with EDI
Learn more about this growing trend in Dynamics GP EDI and what you can gain by expecting more out of an EDI solution. Read how other GP-based companies have successfully implemented a new strategy to increase the impact EDI has on their business and how they have exceeded their expectations in simplifying EDI integration and compliance:

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