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EDI alternatives bring business productivity, revenue boost

Posted: 02 Nov 2015 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:EDI? API? electronic data interchange? supply chain? productivity?

Web service APIs optimise your connection to capacity through a standard, two-way communication mechanism. Subsequently, you are able utilise capacity efficiently, set appropriate customer expectations, reduce your supply chain waste and harness accurate data to proactively manage your supply chain.

3. EDI is costly to set up and difficult to maintain

EDI solutions are costly systems that offer limited business returns. Most value-added networks (VANs) require gruelling and time-consuming setup processes with carriers that carry hefty fees. VANs also charge for all data transmitting across their network, which can get expensive for a solution that does not provide real-time visibility or predictive analytics. In addition, day-to-day maintenance and trouble shooting result in high operational expenditures and inefficient internal staff.

Although EDI is entrenched in our supply chain management systems, there is no risk in upgrading to web service APIs. API integration is simple while still being customisable. From a development standpoint, the system architecture is easy to scale, and maintenance is minimal.

APIs are better aligned with bottom line growth, allowing supply chains to communicate in a real-time, streamlined way with their partners (and vice versa). They help businesses run more cost-effective operations as they grow, paving the way for increased profits, decreased overhead costs and better customer satisfaction. While changing systems might be intimidating, risk only clings to business that continue to rely on an outdated, unresponsive system.

Think of it this way. If you had a choice, would you stream music on your iPhone's Pandora app or play it on an eight-track tape deck?

- Wally Ibrahim

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