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Enhancing EDI & B2B data exchange with an iPaaS

Written by
Saad Merchant
Published on
July 3, 2023

With the rise of B2B (Business to Business) e-commerce and with the advent of D2C (Direct to Consumer) commerce, it is becoming imperative for traditional businesses to digitize data exchange with traders and suppliers. To achieve this, most businesses rely on Electronic Data Interchange (EDI), one of the oldest and most reliable methods for paperless data exchange. However, there’s also a demand for standardizing data exchange between business systems and applications. The Alumio “integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS)” helps businesses integrate EDI, legacy systems, and the latest cloud apps and SaaS solutions for digital growth, while helping standardize data exchange across formats such as JSON, CSV, XML, EDIFACT, and more.

Facilitating B2B data exchange with EDI

Introduced to supply chains in the 1960s, Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) is one of the oldest and most reliable standardized format for exchanging business documents electronically, such as invoices, shipping details, and purchase orders.

Revolutionizing paperless data exchange, EDI is one of the most essential components of supply chain management, streamlining trading processes, and enabling B2B businesses to stay connected with all their vendors and suppliers.

In 2019, EDI accounted for 78.4% - $7.00 trillion - of all B2B electronic sales, according to a 2020 B2B E-commerce Market Report.

The benefits of using EDI

Apart from helping businesses exchange data quickly and accurately, the reason the relevancy of EDI keeps increasing with time is because several key benefits that it provides, such as:

Enhanced business efficiency

EDI enables the automated exchange of data, removing the need for manual re-keying of messages such as orders, stock, invoices, credit notes, and ASNs.

Reduce operational costs

EDI eliminates the need for manual data entry otherwise required to move data back and forth between your EDI and back-office system. And it saves the accumulating costs of maintaining paper documents.

Improve data security

By enabling paperless exchange, EDI ensures improved accuracy of data sharing, eliminates data errors, and ensures your data can be remotely stored and accessed.

The need to integrate EDI with an integration platform

Today, EDI standards are often required by trading partners as a condition of doing business with them. In other words, a company may need to use EDI in order to maintain their relationships with these partners. Each EDI standard consists of different message types, and each region and sector uses its own EDI standard and format. Thus, businesses can greatly benefit from having a central integration platform to establish EDI connections with partners and customers.

What is the Alumio iPaaS and how does it facilitate EDI integrations?

The Alumio iPaaS is a cloud-based, low-code integration platform that enables organization to connect multiple systems, software, and data sources. It provides a user-friendly web interface to create, manage, and monitor all their integrations and data flows, across various data formats.

As a next-gen middleware, the platform acts as a bridge between different technologies and enables seamless real-time data exchange and synchronization. It provides powerful data transformation and mapping features. Centralizing all integrations and data on one dedicated cloud space, the Alumio iPaaS supports a wide range of integration patterns, including API integration, file-based integration, and comprehensive support for EDI.

Specializing in EDI integrations, the Alumio iPaaS helps seamlessly transform data between different EDI formats, such as EDIFACT, ANSI X12, and XML. The platform offers pre-built connectors and templates for popular EDI standards, reducing the time and effort required for implementation. It also supports message validation, ensuring that the exchanged data complies with the specified standards and rules.

“One global manufacturer routinely exchanges about 55 different EDI document types with nearly 2,000 partners" - IBM

Enabling standard format data exchange with Alumio

In addition to EDI, the Alumio iPaaS empowers businesses to exchange data in standard formats across various systems and applications. By adhering to commonly used formats, such as XML, JSON, CSV, and others, organizations can achieve interoperability and compatibility between different software solutions.

The Alumio integration platform provides extensive data transformation capabilities, which help map data from one format to another seamlessly. This involves enabling businesses to configure standard formats such as JSON, CSV, XML, IDOC, or even EDI, and then connect them to any API or trading partner. This enables organizations to seamlessly integrate multiple disparate systems and and data sources, and to automate data exchange across all these connections.

Boost your B2B success with EDI and the Alumio integration platform

By helping connect business data across EDI or any other messaging formats, the Alumio iPaaS help seamlessly exchange B2B data between customers and suppliers. It also helps B2B businesses to integrate their eProcurement and ERP platforms with e-commerce platforms and the latest cloud apps to improve digital growth. In this regard, the Alumio iPaaS empowers organizations to connect their systems, unlock the value of their data, and helps simplify digital transformation efforts.

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