In common usage, EDI is understood to mean specific interchange methods agreed upon by national or international standards bodies for the transfer of business transaction data, with one typical application being the automated purchase of goods and services. Despite being relatively unheralded, in this era of technologies such as XMLservices, the Internet and the World Wide Web, EDI is still the data format used by the vast majority of electronic commerce transactions in the world. EDI documents contain the same data that would normally be found in a paper document used for the same organizational function. For example an EDI ship-from-warehouse order is used by a manufacturer to tell a warehouse to ship product to a retailer. It typically has a ship to address, bill to address, a list of product numbers usually a UPC code and quantities.
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Trading partner setup is in a basic tree format with copy function to set up new vendors from existing. The learning curve is steep. It does the same functions as Gentran Server but not as cleanly.
It can accomplish almost anything you want it to using business processes linking file system adapters FTPs, maps, custom Java programs and other functions together any way you need them.
This makes the Trading partner setup very cumbersome since you cannot see what each is linked to unless you open each component. Unless you are careful about your naming conventions your searches may not bring up all the components you are looking for in one search and or may present them in an illogical order. This also goes for BPs, adapters etc. Other users have laughed saying that is pretty accurate.
All data search correlations PO number, invoice number are set up custom in the maps, they are not canned. On the other hand Gentran Server does not have this capability. A well set up series of correlations makes the system quite efficient.
From basic EDI processing, running accounting programs, reports, etc. If you are familiar with robotics and can control them with Java you can have the system wash your car if you want. Just link the control program into your BP and your good to go. Server needs an external package. File Transfer Consulting, home of the CFTP , provides complete managed file transfer training, consolidation, migration and integration solutions.
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