EDI is actually very simple. The data from your business partner’s ERP system can be called up using EDI, sent in seconds and then processed in the recipient’s system. The data or business documents to be transmitted are first transformed into a standard EDI format, which can be read and transmitted by all transport protocols (of the recipient and sender).
This enables business partners to exchange documents around the world. With EDI, these documents can be transferred as easily as in your own ERP system.
Various EDI message formats, including EDIFACT, ODETTE, ZUGFeRD, SWIFT, ANSI X.12 and many more, are available for sending documents by EDI. Globally, the best-known message format is EDIFACT, which is used for cross-industry electronic data exchange.
Transport protocols such as AS2, AS4, OFTP, HTTPS or FTP are required to transmit the EDI messages mentioned above. EDI can be used to send a wide variety of documents, from orders, invoices to offers and contracts. Most of them are business and/or trading partners who exchange goods or services as part of supply chain management.