EDI, the most important questions and answers
EDI (Electronic Data Interchange) incorporates the electronic interchange of data between any number of business partners. These data are sent as a message in defined and structured form which means that a common “language” has to be found with which everyone can communicate with each other.
EDI is used in nearly all big sectors like logistics, automobile industry, retail, finances etc. and is seen as the de facto standard for electronic interchange of documents from one business partner to another.
These are forms of data transmissions (transfer protocols) and regulate how your EDI data are transferred from A to B.
EDIFACT stands for “Electronic Data Interchange For Administration, Commerce and Transport”. It is an international message standard for the electronic data interchange in the intersectoral business volume. This common standard enables the optimal handling of diverse business processes between any partners / businesses.
For every perceivable business process, there are so-called distinct EDIFACT messages such as IFTMIN (instruction of transport), ORDERS (purchase order message) or INVOIC (invoice message) among others.
ZUGFeRD (Zentrale User Guidelines des Forums elektronische Rechnung Deutschland (central user guidelines of the forum electronic invoice Germany)) is a quick, cost-efficient and secure alternative to a classic EDI solution like EDIFACT INVOIC messages.
Essentially, it is a PDF document (PDF/A3) which functions as a container. Within this container, an electronic invoice in the form of structured data in XML format is embedded. Thus, it is ensured that the customer receives both a PDF invoice and a digital XML invoice which can be imported to the local system.
But of course! We can tether your SAP ERP system directly to our EDI solutions, regardless if it is a pure data exchange with SAP IDOC XML or SAP IDOC Flatfile with, for example, S(FTP), file deposition, SAP RFC, SAP ALE or Webservices. Thus, business data between the various IT systems of the involved partners and businesses can be exchanged and processed directly.
If you’re working with us as your EDI clearing center, then no.
An EDI clearing center is an EDI service provider which handles all EDI transactions: from data links, data transmissions to data exchanges and refining / enrichment of data via so-called mapping logics. Everything from one source. We provide the technical infrastructure, the EDI environment, with which the electronic data interchange between partner and business is realized. This encompasses important tasks like EDI routing, conversions, archiving, support, monitoring and much more.