EDI, or electronic data interchange, is an electronic communication system that provides standards for exchanging data via any electronic means. It allows two different companies across the globe to electronically exchange documents such as purchase orders, invoices, shipping notices, and many others.
EDI for Microsoft Dynamics
EDI for Microsoft Dynamics allows companies to have it all when dealing with trading partners. Whether it’s the flexibility to adapt to trading partner requirements or simply the ability to quickly and efficiently implement new trading partners, Dynamics EDI and BMIwill allow you to make the most of your partnerships.
Our EDI solution is unique in that it includes a logical mapping tool, built inside Microsoft Dynamics NAV, to allow the seamless mapping of EDI transactions within the business system. Perhaps the most important part of an EDI solution is the integration with your internal business processes, yet many companies use a number of software packages, often not integrated, to try to accomplish this task.
Historically, EDI translation has been handled outside the business system, leaving the final linkage into the business system database to programmers, hard-coded programs, or even manual entry.
Our EDI solution takes a more efficient approach by incorporating the mapping and cross-reference process inside NAV. This provides a single mapping process between the EDI documents and the business system database, a consistent user interface, NAV native drill down from either a business document or an EDI document to the related transaction detail, and a logical place for EDI archives.
Often the most difficult part of the EDI translation process is the cross-referencing of incoming data to the business system data. For example, a trading partner typically orders an inventory item using one of several numbers, none of which may be the number you use to identify that item in your system.
Because the EDI product is built inside Dynamics NAV, it handles the cross-referencing and mapping in a single step inside your business system. Standard Cross References Include:
- —Units of Measure
- —Distribution Centers
- —Shipping Agent
- —Payment Terms
- —Shipping Payment Type
- —Shipment Method Code
- —Tax Area Code
- —And Others
If EDI is something that interests you, do not hesitate, and please give us a call.