railroad vanWhat is a an EDI VAN? The EDI experts can create an involved answer but lots of people (like business managers, for instance) are not quite sure what it is. Maybe if I liken it to something not Information Technology, I could better explain it.

roadblockAs long as most of us can remember, there have been roadblocks to trading with our suppliers and customers. The noble EDI sales forces kept repeating how their product would knock down these roadblocks faster than a speeding bullet! Well, let's bring in the usual suspects and see.

checklistOh my goodness! I'm faced with choosing an EDI solution! Where do I turn? I just don't know any of these companies. It is often a daunting task for many businesses, especially those who have little or no experience with EDI. Many companies become familiar with the technology only after being informed by a major trading partner of the need to be EDI compliant. Here are a few key points to consider when choosing an EDI solution:

cloud basedOver the last couple of years we have been “ahead of the curve” when we said the Cloud was a great home for your EDI. Now there is an awakening and much more interest; not only in EDI but in putting all sorts of applications in the Cloud.I have a friend who sells cake mixes and has customers who require EDI. Her first reaction to EDI was: “Another black box in my office with servicemen knocking on my door all the time.” She is one of many ideal candidates for EDI in the Cloud.

Cut-in-Half-Fees-Expenses-2013.7.2One of the most frequently asked questions regarding EDI is about its cost. There's the initial cost of startup and the ongoing cost per transaction. And while startup costs are relatively easy to calculate, per transaction costs continue to be more difficult, primarily because those costs can include a wide variety of factors including  human intervention, capital equipment, postage, and even the cost/savings of correcting for errors. A recent study presented by NewEDI reports that costs overall have been coming down.