In the last few years there has been a real emphasis in the business world on improving efficiency through the use of technology. With cloud computing continuing to become more widely adopted, business owners are looking at every way possible to utilise technology to make key business processes easier and to ultimately increase their bottom line.
 
Many businesses make use of ERP software to give them greater visibility and control over key processes. Another key benefit of ERP software is that it allows for much better decision making since each department within the business has access to data that’s completely up-to-date.
 

What is EDI?

 
One of the key focuses for any business is the ability to freely exchange documents, not just within their own business but also with other businesses. This is where EDI (Electronic Document Exchange) comes in. EDI enables businesses to exchange documents in electronic format in a way that’s completely seamless and without the need to have matching computer systems.
 

EDI and ERP working together

 
Whilst EDI is certainly useful for businesses, it becomes invaluable when it’s implemented alongside ERP. When EDI and ERP are used in sync, it allows for a host of benefits including greater supply chain visibility, faster order processing and reduced lead time. Using EDI alongside your ERP system will make your business more efficient in every way and make it much easier to communicate within your business and with third parties.
 
Using EDI and ERP also enables you to eliminate most forms of paperwork and keep everything based on your internal system. This is obviously beneficial to the environment but it also makes it a lot easier to keep track of important documents and resolve issues quickly.
 

Choosing the right platform

 
If you’re currently looking for new ERP software then it’s a great time to also choose a new EDI system too.It would be ideal to use a reseller that can offer advice on the best way to implement EDI with your new ERP system. By getting your ERP and EDI systems from the same reseller, you can save a good deal of money and also ensure that the implementation goes as smoothly as possible.
 
There are a number of great cloud-based ERP systems on the market that can help greatly to make key business processes more efficient. If you’d like advice on how NetEDI can help you with both ERP and EDI implementation, get in touch with us and we’ll be happy to advise you further.