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EDI Mapping Solved with These Killer Features

EDI mapping is necessary because every company runs a different ERP system. Companies that are on the same platform likely use those systems differently. Every time you add another EDI trading partner, you have to engage in hours of careful EDI mapping and testing to make sure your ERP will play well with your trading partners ERP. Ideally your EDI software does the heavy lifting for you.

We’ve created a few features that action you to eliminate the need for EDI mapping. The result is to improve on-boarding times, reduce costs, and eliminate management complexity.

Can Your EDI Software Swallow X12 files Whole?

One of the biggest challenges with EDI mapping is that everyone has adopted X12 files. With the advances of modern technology, no one wants to consume flat files. We all want something verbose and light weight like XML or JSON.

JSON (JavaScript Object Notation) files are lightweight, easy to understand, and easier to use than XML files. JSON is the future of integration. The trouble is, converting your X12 files to XML or JSON adds an extra step to your processes. You may be sending your X12 data to an SFTP or VAN so that someone can do the EDI mapping necessary to create the files you need. Only then can you use the files.

What we wanted as EDI developers is an EDI solution that lets you convert X12 to XML or JSON automatically as part of the EDI mapping process. A platform that could consume your EDI through an API endpoint and translate it into the format you need. All EDI mapping should be done for you, instantly.

And if your original file isn’t even an X12, if it’s in some other format like CSV, your EDI solution should be able to work with that too.

Controlling EDI Mapping with Rules

Of course, even if we seek to automate EDI mapping, we still have to provide some input as to how that data should be mapped. No EDI solution can read your mind or automatically place data in the right fields in your ERP.

The traditional way to get your EDI solution to do what you want is to have either your in-house staff or consultants write custom code. Now there’s a better, self-service way.

By using a rules engine, you can point and click to configure the rules by which your data will be mapped to your trading partner’s ERP system. Yes, you would still have to do this for each partner, because again, no two are exactly alike. But at least you could complete the task yourself, with minimal effort and without incurring hefty consulting fees.

The Orderful platform contains both of these killer features for essentially automating EDI mapping.
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