The world of E-Commerce, Connectivity using computer is a vital business requirement for today's
fast-paced world in order for a business to be effective, efficient and
competitive. An organisation must be able to communicate at once with their
counterpart to exchange information and performing business transactions. In the
mean time, it is also important to have a smooth connectivity in between various
departments or regional office within an organisation to share and exchange
data.....And the solution is, Electronic Data Interchange or EDI.
What is Electronic Data Interchange
Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) simply refers to
the exchange of business information between computer systems
in a structured predetermined
format over a secured network. Since the information in EDI documents are
already in a common electronic format, it eliminate the needs to re-keying data,
minimizing errors and therefore it is possible for a computer system to process
the information immediately.
An EDI message contains a string of data elements,
each represents a singular fact and separated by delimiter. The whole string is
known as data segment. One or more data segments framed by a header and trailer
transaction set. A transaction set often consists of what would usually be
contained in a typical business document or form.