Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) solves more than one business problem but it backfires if it is not properly executed. The biggest challenge is burgeoning IT complexity which grows as organizations amass a large number of new and old technologies. Organizations need to build robust B2B networks for exchanging making the data interchange fast and smooth. Smarter organizations are using dedicated EDI software for exchanging more information with partners. But in spite of squandering huge amounts of money organizations are facing same old challenges. The issues related to IT complexity continue to expand and bog down the EDI set up. Many of these issues can be avoided if they are evaluated in advance. Organizations should ensure that the EDI software they are selecting will help them in conquering these problems.
Smoother EDI gives valuable opportunity to bring data faster from partner networks and become easier to work with. Organizations can eliminate multiple sources of truth and optimize B2B initiatives. Organizations can leverage EDI for better operations and develop deeper B2B relations. Here are some of the resurrecting problems that an EDI needs to avoid:
Connectivity Issues: IT teams fight their biggest battles while onboarding new business partners. The path to onboarding partners is riddled with challenges as several endpoints need to be configured for data connectivity. Frequent code changes are required to create workflows for partner data connectivity. Coding a connection changes the behaviour of another code. And disruptions occur when a new technology is introduced in the ecosystem or on old system needs to be updated. Receiving and processing data can make it difficult for partners to share data. An EDI software should enable business and IT teams to deal with such compatibility issues.
Data Disruptions: Frequent system updates alter the coding pattern and impact the functioning of data flows closely connected through point-to-point coding. This problem prevails in an organization where there are 6000 to 7000 cloud applications. Different teams in an organization use different business systems for accomplishing different business objectives. Updates in one software can disrupt the functioning of another software. An EDI vendor with good experience in technology integration can alleviate these challenges in simple steps.
Latency Issues: Many EDI tools do not support the infrastructure or capacity to handle larger applications and complex processes. As a result several latency issues create serious repercussions and organizations fail to get data at the right place at the right time. These latency issues are hard to fix and consume many IT resources. A managed service should provide dynamic business process management capabilities to allow teams in managing applications, processes, and IT from one interface.
Many organizations enter troubled water after selecting a wrong EDI solution. They find challenges that are hard to beat. It is important to select the right tool for seamless business data exchange.