To get the most out of your EDI system, you need to be careful when selecting a partner. The right one can really take your business to a new level because everything is done for you. From networking equipment, operating systems and servers to licensing and maintenance contracts, a managed EDI model takes care of all details, large and small.
For larger businesses with complex supply chain processes, the right EDI provider will help streamline your ability to enter new territories and markets and facilitate quicker/more effective onboarding with partners anywhere in the world.
Making the wrong choice can mean the difference between a good and bad supplier score, excellent or poor retailer relationships, landing or missing out on new business opportunities, and much more. With so much at stake, it's essential to do your due diligence when selecting an EDI partner.
With this in mind, we’ve developed a whitepaper that’s aimed at helping you understand what to look for when considering a new EDI system. Five things your EDI partner should be doing outlines the essential functions a fully managed EDI needs to perform:
Understanding your business
Your EDI partner needs to be focussed on helping you achieve real business outcomes, such as reducing your overall costs, while streamlining your business processes and improving productivity.
The idea behind EDI is to enhance accuracy and efficiency, so you need to be sure that there’s a comprehensive support system behind the technology. If you have to spend more time troubleshooting than you do improving your business processes, then the whole purpose is defeated.
Broad and robust network capabilities
A successful EDI solution is one whose data exchange system works with as many business partners as possible. You also need to be sure that the EDI solution you’re choosing can handle an increase in the number of processes it’s responsible for.
It’s critical that the EDI solution you choose can be integrated with your business. How well does the EDI solution integrate with your current processes, and is it scalable, ensuring a strong collaboration between you and your business partners?
Flexibility and customisation
An effective EDI solution is one that can be tailored for your business’ specific needs. A one-off, out-of-the-box solution isn’t going to take into account the individual nature of your business, nor will it have the flexibility required to make changes.
The right EDI partner will provide a solution that provides lasting benefits to your business. Streamlining processes, ensuring accuracy and providing enhanced compatibility should be fundamental features of the solution, as well as being able to integrate smoothly with your business, backed up by a comprehensive support system.
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