• We use cookies to help operate our website. By continuing, you agree you are happy with this. Use the options below to control the information we collect. For more information, please see our privacy policyShow Options

EDI Systems can be an integral part of your business operation. Making sure you choose the right one can make all the difference.

When your business is looking for an EDI System there are some important factors to consider. There’s a lot of information out there so let’s simplify this and highlight the main considerations you need to focus on to help you decide.

Is the company UK-based?

Does the company have a local, UK presence or is it based elsewhere? This can sometimes make a difference to the kind of service you will receive.

Does the company have a good public image?

What does the public face of the company look like? Does the website look engaging and reflect a culture focused on strong customer service? Are there any reviews? Have you heard anything positive or otherwise?

Is the EDI System cloud-based or traditional?

Not all EDI systems are made equal. When it comes to EDI, some companies are still providing a traditional, out-dated service which involves installing software on a specific computer. If your business opts for a Cloud-based solution, the software can be accessed from any computer connected 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.

What is included in the Service?

As well as providing the core EDI System, what else is included in the overall Service offering?
– Do you get a dedicated project manager to co-ordinate everything for you?
– Do they contact your trading partners to co-ordinate connections and testing?
– Is training on the system provided?
– Will they provide go-live support?

Many providers offer a ‘Managed Service’ but be sure to check the points above to see if they’re all covered.

Is the pricing transparent?

This is very important. Look closely to see how the price is broken down. Does anything appear to be ambiguous or hidden? What are you actually getting for your money? Always make sure you check the finer print.

These are some of the common things to look out for:
• Are there additional costs for more than one user licence?
• How many documents/transactions are you allowed to transact – is there a monthly limit?
• Is support fully included?
• Are there any EDI system re-installation fees?
• Are there any new trading partner development costs?
• Are there separate data transactional contract fees on top of the original agreement?

Does the EDI system fully integrate with your ERP/back-office systems?

Some providers may advertise that their EDI System does integration but on closer inspection you may find that they can’t truly connect to your in-house system? Ask them to find out. Will your transactional EDI data simply be converted to a different file format and then presented to your ERP? Or is it delivered directly into the heart of your ERP system without any intervention? This can be achieved by using APIs. APIs allow programs to communicate with each other in real-time – part of the ERPs application is left open so that other applications can safely and securely access data. Done this way, EDI document exchange becomes faster and more accurate.

Is the EDI System fully monitored and managed by a team of EDI experts?

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. Ideally, you choose a service that, as well as offering a great EDI System, will also provide a fantastic customer support. This should include a team that manages your system and any needs you may have.

What sort of businesses is the EDI company already serving?

Would some of their existing clients speak to a prospective client as an endorsement?
Look on the company’s website to make sure they have a good track record, have a look to see who their customers are and if they have any case studies from reputable brands or businesses? Would you be able to speak to one of their current clients for an opinion?

What support levels are available?

Determine what the base-level Support Service is and if there are options available to upgrade to extra-hours or 24/7 support if necessary.

Is the service secure?

To make sure your transactions and operational processes are safe, have a look to see if the company’s systems have any relevant security certifications. Check to see where the data is hosted and what sort of standards are adhered to.

How an EDI System can benefit your business

One of the biggest advantages of using an EDI System is the speed of communication. Given how easily information can now be sent and received digitally, it’s surprising how many businesses are still using paper-based forms of exchange.

Using an EDI System enables the exchange of documents between businesses in a standardised format. This leads to a reduction in errors, increased efficiency and better relationships with business partners. All these factors combine to ensure a significant cost saving for your business, hence why choosing the right EDI System is an important decision.

  • We processed over 200,000 PEPPOL documents in November

    We recently posted about the strides we’ve made with PEPPOL and the fact that we processed over 100,000 PEPPOL documents in October alone. Our success this year continues, and November saw us process a whopping 200,000 ...
  • NetEDI is an Approved Drop-off Point for Mission Christmas

    We recently got the great news that we are an approved drop-off point for Rock FM’s Mission Christmas appeal! We’re passionate about supporting good causes at NetEDI, and there’s no better time to do this than ...
  • NetEDI processes over 100,000 PEPPOL documents in a month

    Our last PEPPOL report shows that we processed over 100,000 PEPPOL documents in October alone! This is our most successful month so far and once again proves that, thanks to the hard work of our talented ...
  • NetEDI’s fundraising success

    On the 28th September, NetEDI staff took part in a coffee morning and bake sale, to raise money for Macmillan Nurses. As usual, everyone took the opportunity to contribute to a worthy cause and we’re very ...
  • NetEDI’s New Recruits

    Back in March, we brought you news of our expansion upstairs, in our office, on King Street. We knew that our rapid business growth would mean we’d need the extra space to accommodate for new members ...
  • Cyber Essentials Plus Certification

    We’re fully committed to ensuring the safety of our clients’ data. That’s why we’re very happy to report that we’ve achieved the gold standard in cyber security, by gaining a Cyber Essentials Plus Certification. Back in February ...
  • The Big Shave: NetEDI supports Macmillan Cancer Support

    On the 1st of June, one of our very talented software developers said goodbye to his (rather magnificent) beard, all in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. Here at NetEDI, we never miss ...
  • We’re Now an Approved Partner to Netsuite

    We’re pleased to announce that we are now an approved partner to Netsuite and can fully integrate with Netsuite’s cloud-based, accounting system. This means that our clients who use Netsuite as their back-office system, will experience ...
  • NetEDI is the largest NHS PEPPOL solution provider in the UK

    Since the beginning, NetEDI set out to be an industry leader. We’re very proud to say that our focus on innovation and quality has made us the largest provider of NHS PEPPOL solutions in the UK. ...
  • NetEDI is growing

    At NetEDI, we’re extremely proud of the world-class service we provide and how hard our team work to make sure we’re always at the top of our game and doing everything we can for our clients. ...
  • NetEDI helps steer future of PEPPOL

    NetEDI is part of the Department of Health working group for PEPPOL, helping to steer the future development and evolution of PEPPOL in the NHS. The Department of Health is acting as the PEPPOL authority for ...
  • NetEDI sponsoring GS1 UK Healthcare Conference 2017

    October 11, 2017 - NetEDI are proud to be a Bronze sponsor at the GS1 UK Healthcare conference 2017, this will be a 2-day event held at the Radisson Blue, London, Heathrow on 21, 22 Nov. The ...
  • NetEDI sponsoring EMEA 2017 – Madrid, Spain.

    June 27, 2017 - NetEDI are proudly sponsoring Directions EMEA 2017, named as the world's biggest NAV event, taking place in Madrid on October 4-6. The event will showcase the most innovative solutions from Microsoft NAV and our ...
  • NetEDI at Retail Business Technology Expo 2017

    April 12, 2017 - NetEDI will be at the NetEDI at Retail Business Technology Expo 2017, taking place at London Olympia on May 8-9. RBTE is the must attend event for retail and hospitality organisations looking ...
  • NetEDI selected by Medi-Inn (UK) as PEPPOL Access point

    Mar 30, 2017 - NetEDI is pleased to announce that it has been selected by Medi-Inn (UK) Ltd supplier of a wide range of health sector consumables, as their PEPPOL Access Point. As well as opening up ...
  • NetEDI at Sage Summit UK

    March 20, 2017 - NetEDI are proudly sponsoring the Sage Summit UK conference 2017, taking place at London's Excel centre on April 5-6. Come along and meet us at this event and discuss how NetEDI can provide ...
  • NetEDI Achieve Cyber Essentials Certification

    Feb 20, 2017 - NetEDI is pleased to announce that it has been certified by the Government's Cyber Essentials Scheme. Cyber Essentials is a UK Government-backed and industry-supported scheme that guides businesses in protecting themselves against cyber ...
  • NHS Supply Chain select NetEDI PEPPOL Managed Service

    Feb 16, 2017 - NHS Supply Chain has selected NetEDI's PEPPOL Managed Service to help suppliers meet the Department of Health's Scan4Safety requirements and transact their business data electronically. NetEDI provide a web-based software platform that enables ...
  • NetEDI at SAP SMB Innovation Summits 2017

    Feb 07, 2017 - NetEDI are proudly sponsoring SAP SMB Innovation Summits 2017, taking place in Berlin on March 13-15. Come along and meet us at this event. Discuss how NetEDI can provide seamless integration into SAP ...
  • NetEDI awarded PEPPOL Access Point contract

    Nov 22, 2016 NetEDI®, a leading provider of business-to-business (B2B) e-commerce solutions, today announced it has received PEPPOL Access Point certification for their popular Managed Service solution and has been awarded a place on the Crown ...
  • Sponsoring UKISUG Connect 2016

    Oct 20, 2016 - NetEDI are proudly sponsoring UKISUG Connect 2016, the SAP user conference taking place at ICC/Birmingham on November 20-22. The UKISUG SAP conference connects experts, customers and partners for a 2 day event that will ...
  • NetEDI feature in the Parliamentary Review 2016

    Sept 14, 2016 - NetEDI feature in the UK Parliamentary Review 2016 representing the technology sector. Featuring alongside the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, and leading organisations in other fields, the review highlights our demonstration of best practice and innovation ...
  • NetEDI to sponsor the world’s biggest NAV event

    July 12, 2016 - NetEDI are proudly sponsoring Directions EMEA 2016, named as the world's biggest NAV event, taking place in Prague on October 12-14. The event will showcase the most innovative solutions from Microsoft NAV and our ...
  • NetEDI attain certified integration with SAP Business One

    April 8, 2016 - NetEDI today announced its NeTIX Professional 3.0 solution has achieved certified integration with the SAP Business One® application. The solution, which has been proven to integrate with SAP Business One, provides fully managed EDI, ...
  • Ling Design switches to NetEDI Managed Service

    May 7, 2014 - Switching to NetEDI Put simply, Ling Designs were wanting a better service than what they were currently receiving. By partnering with NetEDI, Ling were able to reduce their costs, increase reliability and automation ...
  • New EDI requirements for Morrisons converted depots

    Jan 18, 2014 - Morrisons have recently made a number of changes to their electronic trading initiative, with multiple depots migrating to the new EDI requirements in 2014. EDI is now mandatory for all suppliers and those already ...
  • NetEDI is proud to announce its silver sponsorship
    of Access Accounts Customer Event.

    July 17, 2013 - Themed “Springboard to growth – finance and technology at the heart of your business strategy”, the event will showcase the most innovative solutions from Access and our partners. The conference will be ...
  • NetEDI fully compliant with GS1 E-Invoicing and
    Digital Signature standards.

    March 4, 2013 - Fully Integrated into the NeTIX platform, the adapter securely transacts EDI EANCOM data over a network through the use of a digital signature with compliant trading partners. The standard is becoming more popular ...
  • Release of Oracle E-Business Suite adapter

    Jan 15, 2013 - NetEDI are happy to announce the release of their Oracle E-Business Suite adapter. The adapter takes on the role of service provider for the Oracle E-Business Suite and helps to enable a seamless integration between ...
  • NetEDI release SAP cloud integration adapter

    December 15, 2012 - NetEDI are pleased to report the successful Implementation of several SAP Integration Projects which underlines their new status as an SAP Integration solution provider. Ideal for SAP enabled company's who have an EDI requirement, ...
  • NetEDI wins Sage Innovation Award

    December 8, 2011 - NetEDI rewarded for pushing the boundaries of innovation/ demonstrating expertise in translating the requirements of Sage customers into value added solutions / offering excellence in software, service, marketing and business support throughout 2011 7th December ...
  • NetEDI Named “Cool Vendor” by Leading Analyst Firm

    April 13, 2011 - NetEDI Ltd an innovative provider of EDI & B2B integration services, today announced that it has been included in the list of "Cool Vendors" in the April 2011 "Cool Vendors in PaaS , 2011". This ...