EDI Transactions make up more than 78% of all business documents.
On the surface, this sounds like a promising statistic, but what makes up the remaining 22%? Faxed documents are still going strong, taking an 7% share, even with this ageing technology.
Faxes are low quality at best and completely illegible at worst, adding an unnecessary overhead when re-keying the information. Email/PDFs take the remaining 15%.
Certainly a better alternative to the fax machine, but still an unnecessary intermediate step when your computer changes data into a document which is then sent to another computer for a human to read back in to data at the other side.
What seems to be the problem?
So what are the stumbling blocks of getting computers to talk directly to computers, especially as almost all computers are connected to the internet already. It seems to be a no brainer to adopt EDI Transactions. Research has shown that there is a combination of factors holding businesses back from jumping on board.
If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!
This is certainly a major contributor. If you’ve always used either faxes or pdfs to do business in the past, what would prompt you to look into a better solution? This largely applies to companies whose products are in maturity and managers don’t see much value in other options.
It sounds expensive…
Traditionally, EDI transactions has been very expensive to adopt. Huge manufacturers, warehouses and retailers had the kind of capital required to have a system designed and implemented, with a dedicated in house EDI team to make sure everything ran smoothly.
This has been true to the most past, until quite recently. The emergence of web technologies has paved the way for an EDI solution for the masses.
Fast, cost effective and highly available…
XEDI has been on the forefront of this revolution. Traditional EDI software providers have made attempts to port their desktop applications to the web with varying degrees of success.
The XEDI platform took a customer driven approach, making it as easy as possible to use, letting the system do all the hard work.
No 3 inch thick manual required, or a service contract for that matter. The support team handle any issues centrally and proactively, with custom built tools such as DMT, so customers have complete peace of mind, knowing their business documents are flowing unimpeded.