E.D.I. is defined as the transfer of structured data by agreed message standards from computer to computer by electronic means.
So what exactly does that mean ? The best way to understand is to break things down, so let's break down the definition into the following parts :
EDI standards come in many flavours and it is only very recently that one, called EDIFACT , has achieved some kind of superiority, when it was adopted by the United Nations and later in 1987 by the International Standards Organisation (ISO).
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Trading partners also agree on certain code of practice to be adhered to when transmitting information, these are 'Interchange Agreements', three areas often covered are :
E.D.I. brings substantial savings and benefits to organizations which implement it. Effective use of E.D.I.
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