Common documents exchanged using Electronic Data Interchange include purchase orders, invoices and shipping documents. Electronic Data Interchange can be performed in a number of ways, but today is most often performed through desktop computers. Electronic Data Interchange is an often-overlooked information transfer resource. It not only delivers exceptional security, speed, and efficiency to large-scale business interests, it also provides significant cost-savings and productivity optimization to medium-sized and even small organizations.
Electronic Data Interchange delivers profound and diverse benefits to a variety of industrial applications. From manufacturing sectors to health care, EDI is a strategic, financial, regulatory and environmental asset, helping organizations not only optimize their productivity, but eliminate costly errors in communications and tracking.
EDI found an early and eager proponent in the automotive industry that wanted to implement means of enabling "just in time" inventory movement. It was not created to replace paper, but rather to decrease the time and error rates associated with the manual data input. Since more than 70% of a computers transactional data output becomes a second computer's transactional data input, it's easy to see how EDI could provide significant time and cost savings.
Electronic Data Interchange is now widely used both in the United States and globally, based on a number of standards that have been enacted that provide basic guidelines for its use. The two standards bodies that are most frequently associated with Electronic Data Interchange are the ANSI X12 standard, used primarily in the US, and the UN EDIFACT standard that is used outside of the United States. Here are some of the many advantages of incorporating Electronic Data Interchange into your current communications infrastructure.
Electronic Data Interchange has many benefits, including but not limited to:
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