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Posted By:  Adeptia Inc. on 04/26/2018 in Enterprise Software

5 Elements Required for Architecting an End-to-End Integration Software

5 Elements Required for Architecting an End-to-End Integration Software

Deploying Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) can deliver long-term advantages but the implementation process is ripe of challenges. Successful EDI integration needs a systematic approach and well-planned strategy in place. Experts believe that enterprise-wide data interchange can be streamlined with a dedicated EDI integration software combined with a focused approach. Here are some best practices for supercharging the EDI program:

Strategic Planning: EDI implementation requires a strategy beforehand. The elements of a successful EDI program shall be considered. Some of the elements of a good EDI framework are EDI coordinator, steering committee, EDI Team, etc. An EDI coordinator should have over two decades of experience in delivering EDI. The coordinator needs to communicate important EDI functions and process to different departments and urgency.

The steering committee must include department leaders of different business units. Moreover, organizations should have dedicated EDI team that should enable implementation.

Evaluate the Requirement: Evaluating the requirements before the EDI implementation helps organizations in preparing for the challenges. End-to-end integration should prioritize EDI conversions, i.e., number of suppliers, business partners, data volume, etc. All EDI inefficiencies and steps to eliminate them should be evaluated in advance.

EDI coordinator needs to think of more than one way to remove redundant steps, redundant entries, reduce manual efforts, improve customer experience, enable business strategy.

The EDI survey should strategically review and focus on business cycle to ensure which department is ready for EDI. Which cycle will reduce cost and increase productivity? The EDI survey all human and machine documented to harness business cycle. Here are some aspects a good EDI survey:  

  • Scope of the project
  • Existing inefficiencies
  • Recommended EDI model to improve data connectivity
  • Required data integration and document customization
  • Recommended approaches for EDI
  • Timing and funds needed
  • Skills required to execute the implementation

Comprehensive Communication for EDI Solution: Interconnected framework is required to connect each one processes of business partners. It should deliver mapping, translation, data modeling features for integration. Another emerging need is supporting high data transaction volume between business partners. An advanced EDI solution must allow business partners to seamlessly transact data.

Prioritize Data Transformation: It is essential for EDI packages to allow normal business users in performing advanced data mapping in few simple steps. Standardized mapping defines how the data in internal systems will traverse across different applications.  

It also describes how systems will be reformatted. Standardized any-to-any mapping improves data sharing capabilities.  

Minimise IT Intervention: An advanced EDI framework minimizes IT teams intervention involved in creating workflows and schedules. A modern EDI integration software packs custom reusable templates for data sharing. Such a framework significantly reduces hiring and maintenance cost.

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