Electronic Data Interchange - is a set of protocols for conducting electronic business over computer networks.

EDI-Electronic Data Interchange

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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 (EDI)?
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 form a transaction set. A transaction set often consists of what would usually be contained in a typical business document or form.


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