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EDI Providers Relying on 3rd Party Translators Add Complexity, Not Simplicity to EDI

March 12, 2013 @ 9:03 AM

SimplicityTranslating raw data formats to meet EDI requirements is a common function provided by EDI solution providers, but how they deliver this function varies from one vendor to another. And while you may not look at how this function is implemented as a critical component when selecting an EDI provider, it should be.

Some EDI providers rely on legacy translators such as Gentran® to manage data reformatting and mapping of EDI data. As the customer, you may think this is a good option as it sounds simple enough, but it’s actually a challenge-filled proposition for your business. By employing a separate solution to handle translation apart from integration, you’ve introduced a separate point of failure and divided responsibility for true end-to-end EDI processing which inhibits your ability to manage EDI efficiently and cost-effectively.

Once you’ve doubled the number of technology vendors supporting EDI, now you have the additional challenge of who owns what when issues arise. Instead of managing the issue with a single vendor, you have the added complication of working with two, which can delay resolution and put the accurate and timely execution of EDI at risk.

Since most translators do little more than reformat data, they invariably require extra procedures and ERP programming to make EDI work, requiring more risk, resources, and costs, to handle EDI mapping, setup and integration. In the world of EDI, partner onboarding delays can cost your company sales opportunities plus the fines associated with chargebacks. In some cases, poor EDI implementations can jeopardize trading partner relationships.

And then there’s the issues that arise when you have to design changes to your ERP that requires a host of unknowns, invasive changes that compromise upgrades, service pack installations, etc. Does it make sense to modify your most critical business application to overcome the inherent limitations of an EDI translator?

What’s the alternative to using an EDI solution with a 3rd-party translator? It’s an all-in-one EDI solution that offers all of the EDI functionality, seamless ERP integration, end-to-end automation, with a single technology solution. Coupled with Services from EDI experts that are also experts in your ERP platform – you have a recipe for an amazing ROI and simplification of your business activities. The right technology and service provider reduces risk, speeds partner onboarding, and enables you to focus on what you do best – manage your business.

When it comes time to streamline your business by optimizing EDI, choose a provider that can manage your EDI end-to-end. Use this helpful scorecard to help you evaluate integrated EDI solutions.

One example of Data Masons’ innovative technology is to provide data transmitted to you by your partners without forcing the ERP system to store and return what is extraneous data to your ERP system back to the translator. All of the inbound data is stored and available to Vantage Point EDI’s advanced mapping system to provide the needed information to the partner.

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