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Electronic data interchange (EDI)

The direct exchange of information electronically, from one firm's computer to another firm's computer in a structured format.

Electronic Data Interchange

A strictly structured form of business-to-business communication. Electronic data interchange involves the transfer of formal documents, such as orders, invoices, and even checks. Companies provide EDI services to more than 80,000 clients, but the system receives significant competition from various services offered over the Internet.

electronic data interchange (EDI)

an interactive COMMUNICATION system which enables two firms to exchange business documents using standard electronic forms and COMPUTERS linked through a service provider e.g. electronic links between suppliers and retailers allowing purchase orders, packing lists, delivery notices, invoices and remittance advices, as well as self-billing by retailers. EDI is often a faster, cheaper and more reliable means of exchanging information than traditional paper-based exchanges. See INFORMATION MANAGEMENT, MASS CUSTOMIZATION.
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In addition to providing third-party EDI network communications and document interchange between trading partners, many VANs can write customized software for a company's specific EDI translation and reporting needs, handle EDI-to-fax conversions, and provide Web electronic business forms that do not require either EDI translation software or data processing expertise on the part of the customer.
WU interconnects with other third-party EDI networks and supports a wide range of EDI translation software packages.
A major supplier to the plumbing industry, undertaking an implementation of a new ERP system, determined they did not have the internal staff required to simultaneously rollout a new ERP system and integrate new EDI translation software and maps.
EDI Developer Launches Web-Based Version of Its Industry-Leading EDI Translation Software
Transaction Manager is EDI translation software that is offered as part of TrueCommerce's end-to-end EDI solution, which also includes data mapping and barcode printing software, network services and free support.
The preconfigured EDI translation software, Honda specific functionality, telephone support, and premium software update service is available for a single monthly subscription price.
Mercator Integration Broker replaces a variety of EDI translation software in use today in DLA.
FDC maintains the EDI translation software and components, the database, the mail engine, translation modules, email, and the environment manager.
Harbinger's TrustedLink EDI/400 is the world's most widely used EDI translation software for the IBM AS/400 with more than 6,500 clients worldwide.
Harbinger Express and TrustedLink(TM) Express remove the need for these trading partners to install EDI translation software.