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EDI Integration   

Many businesses require to exchange data in the form of, for example: sales orders, invoice & credit notes, advanced shipping notes and forecasts. Many of these businesses may have very different IT systems and therefore the exchange of data becomes cumbersome if not seemingly impossible. However, to avoid rekeying of data from printed matter which can lead to human input error and often incurs heavy time and management overhead costs, many businesses have chosen to employ.  Suffice to say before reading the technical spiel below that Sage Line 500 and Sage 1000 truly support EDI and XML formats to enable electronic trading with other businesses be they your customers or suppliers.

Choose EDI technology to speed up the delivery and accuracy performance of your data.

EDI technology allows you to specify and extract specific data from your system into an electronic file that can then be sent to the relevant destination business. They in turn will load this data into their system using EDI technology preserving the data accuracy and speeding up processing of such data.

XML data interchange

XML is an ideal and growing alternative to EDI and many companies are now utilising it. XML was created as a generic data format, to capture and deploy any type of data item(s). It can be used for inter-business data transfer, application integration, data storage, data migration etc. Because of its generic nature, XML has led to faster technological advances with a large, typically web based, user community all contributing to the application and advancement of the technology.

XML or EDI? EDI tends to be vendor based and therefore can cause ‘contracted in’ issues whereby the tools to use that product are vendor specific and may require all businesses at both ends of the data chain to employ the same EDI software or a 3rd party tool to apply some kind of conversion mapping. XML offers much greater flexibility since the tools required to deploy XML are generally open source and freely available. Therefore there is no need to be locked into a vendor which incurs expenditure to implement a success XML implementation.

Unlike EDI, XML has real nesting at all levels of a document. Every XML data element has a start tag and an end tag in which obvious, recognisable looping occurs. XML eases the ability to correctly ascertain the nesting structure of a document as a whole rather than merely at a segment level which is provided by EDI. Attributed to this is that the large web based community provides a sound knowledgebase for the improved and continuous potential uses of XML. Gold Disk Computers are happy to discuss either requirement with you and will advise what we feel is best for your business and not our own.