EDI, or Electronic Data Interchange, is a flat file format that B2B (Business-to-Business) trading partners use to send and receive business transactions. Most trading partners who exchange EDI files are in specific industries where the documents needing to be exchanged must be EDI-compliant. Commonly, these industries are banking and finance organizations, technology businesses, and retail stores. EDI is also useful for healthcare and higher education. With over 300 types of transaction sets, chances are there’s an EDI file format that will meet the necessary requirements.
First, trading partners must agree on a file format before exchanging files. Next, data is translated into a variety of popular formats without having to write cumbersome scripts or programs.
Each transaction set corresponds with a number and type of document – for example, if 850 is a transaction set for purchase orders, then all files under 850 must be purchase orders and follow standard EDI file formatting.
With GoAnywhere MFT, a secure managed file transfer solution that helps organizations simplify and automate their file transfers, organizations that need EDI file translation are easily able to read, write, map, and move X12 and XML files between databases. EDI X12 is a data format based on ASC X12 standards. It is used to specify data between two or more trading partners. An XML (Extensible Markup Language) file is a data file that uses tags to define objects and object attributes.
With GoAnywhere’s built-in EDI features, organizations are able to centralize their encryption and data translation right in the product.
GoAnywhere’s other features for encryption, automation, and reporting work alongside EDI file translation to ensure data is protected and streamlined 100% of the time.