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If you use EDI, it’s important to make sure you get as much out of your system as possible. In this blog, we’re going to explore a few ways to do this, and exactly why you should be using EDI instead of paper-based systems in the first place.

EDI versus paper

EDI is simply the automatic, electronic exchange of business documents between trading partners. Orders, invoices, purchases and many other documents can be exchanged computer-to-computer, without the need for a human to come along and input any data themselves.

The immediate benefit to this is obvious – faster lines of communications between you and your partners, fewer errors and more time spent on high value tasks. But not all EDI solutions are made equal – let’s have a look at how to get the most out of your solution.

Cloud software versus traditional EDI

When it comes to EDI, you can either go the traditional way and get software installed on a specific computer, or you can use cloud technology instead.

Cloud technology can be accessed from any computer with access to the internet, making it much easier to implement and available to multiple users at once. And storing your data in the cloud is usually a lot more secure than storing it on physical devices that can be lost, stolen or damaged.

Does your EDI integrate with your ERP?

Integration means that your EDI messages and accounting data are perfectly in sync and this reduces the need for manual data entry even further. If you’re part of an organisation that exchanges a large number of documents, you won’t really get the most out of EDI until you integrate with your existing accounting system.

NetEDI provides seamless integration with Sage, Microsoft Dynamics, Oracle, Netsuite, SAP and many more back-office systems. We do this using a method called API (Application Programming Interface).

APIs allow programs to communicate with each other in real-time – part of the ERP’s application is left open so that other applications can safely and securely access data. Document exchange becomes faster and more accurate between the two applications.

Is your service fully managed?

Is your service fully monitored and managed by a team of EDI experts 24/7? The whole point of EDI is that it reduces unnecessary work and increases the time you get to spend on the money-making areas of your business. If you find yourself spending a lot of time trying to sort EDI issues out yourself, you’re definitely not getting the most out of EDI.

At NetEDI, we take pride in providing the best service we possibly can. If you want to learn more about what we do, get in touch with one of our experts using the options at the top of the page.

They’ll listen to what you need, explain how we work and find the perfect solution for you.