Although many companies readily turn to an EDI solutions provider for their specific EDI tasks, whether it’s for implementation or maintenance, there are still organizations that choose to handle everything in-house. They usually opt for this method to save money in the long run. However, the process is a bit more complex than it may seem at first glance.
Communicating with each of your business partners requires remarkable efforts: first and foremost, you will need to integrate with all of them and meet their EDI (Electronic Data Interchange) needs while simultaneously translating the data for each type of message exchanged with them. These tasks are specifically designed for an IT expert team. However, significant financial efforts are required to provide proper training and perform periodic maintenance for your in-house EDI system.
For two different in-house software systems to communicate, the data flowing between them must be translated correctly. Data translation is a common task when managing an in-house EDI system. In most cases, it’s not a particularly pleasant or easy task, especially considering that it must be done for each type of EDI transaction with each of your business partners individually.
In addition to this, you will be solely responsible for performing any upgrade and maintenance activities, initiatives that require time and money that could otherwise be redirected to other important projects. Once these upgrades are completed, the staff must continuously monitor the EDI system and be available at all hours of the day and night to manage potential transaction errors.
Often, IT employees are not equipped to handle the complexities of EDI, and therefore, they require detailed training, ultimately increasing the labor cost. Therefore, you will be much better off financially if you choose the services of an EDI provider, such as DCA Ventures.
A Value-Added Network (VAN) is essential if you want to move all your EDI data to an EDI provider or if you want to outsource everything to get rid of headaches. Consider the possibility of choosing our services to benefit from unbeatable prices for the messages you send and receive.