Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) enables the computer system of one company to “talk” to the computer system of another company and digitally exchange data. Companies that are EDI-enabled can send and receive business documents electronically with their trading partners. While EDI has been under development since the 1960s, it is only in recent years that the necessary standards have allowed widespread usage.
This white paper explains key aspects of EDI, as well as:
- Defines and explains EDI data segments
- Provides examples of commonly used EDI Transaction Sets
- Explains how Transaction Sets are transmitted
- Identifies the four key components of EDI
- Lays out a typical transaction flow