When it comes to finding a simple EDI solution, adaptability and scalability are two of the most important elements you can consider. But it’s important to look at them through the correct lens and understand in what ways they adapt and scale, which isn’t always easy if you’re new to EDI. Here are the main points you should consider and understand to make sure your EDI solution doesn't get left behind when your business grows.
Adaptation to Your Business Practices. Most EDI tools force you and your ERP to adapt to rigid rules to overcome their functional limitations, but the right solutions accommodate nearly limitless business scenarios. It should support your business transactions “cradle-to-grave.” This means that the solution, not your ERP, handles the entire transaction cycle – from your partner, into your ERP, and then back to your partner. So even if your ERP is customized, it does not negatively impact the efficiency of the EDI transactions.
When you evaluate EDI solutions, look for those that are engineered to be flexible and accommodate your business needs. Obtaining the right solution for your business means you don’t have to alter your business model to suit the software.
Adaptation to your Resources. It’s also important to find EDI solutions which offer service level options, to enable the proper level of involvement by your company, whether that means a fully-managed solution, or one that allows your company to be entirely self-sufficient. The more flexible and accommodating the solution’s provider can be to complement your existing resources, the better.
Beyond human resources, consider your existing IT and other staffing resources. Are your network and servers currently capable of supporting a new EDI solution, or will that require significant system upgrades? An EDI solutions provider who offers both an on-premise solution as well as a cloud-delivered solution can accommodate your available IT resources either way.
The right EDI solution simplifies the process of adding EDI features or improving existing ones without forcing you to upgrade your ERP at the same time.
Scalability with Your Company When your success produces growth, things can easily get complicated if your also outgrow your EDI solution. The right EDI solution supports multi-server and multi-instance environments servicing a single business entity, which guarantees expansion limited only by available network computing resources.
We hope this blog series has been useful as you consider or reconsider your EDI needs. If you would like to know more about how EDI can be made simple, we expand on these points in our white paper, EDI Made Simple.