Electronic Data Interchange (EDI)

Electronic Data Interchange (EDI)

In its simplest form, EDI is a standard format which allows you to electronically exchange business information between two organisations instead of using paper documents. EDI has now become essential for the majority of SME businesses and the more your business grows, the greater the pressure you will receive from both suppliers and customers to support an EDI solution. Enapps supports a fully embedded EDI solution, meaning that there is no need for third party involvement when using the Enapps EDI solution.

Unreliable and Legacy EDI systems

Since it has now become clear in the market that company turnover is directly dependent on rock solid B2B automated processes, trying to move forward with a business without EDI or with a substandard EDI solution is simply not sustainable and the business will eventually suffer. Legacy, unmanaged, or unreliable EDI solutions have become increasingly risky and complex and therefore it is no surprise that businesses are turning towards a fully managed EDI solution.

What is a fully managed EDI solution?

There are three elements to a fully managed EDI solution:


  • The Technical Platform
  • The B2B Network
  • The planning, execution, and management

The technical platform is fully integral to the Enapps ERP solution and there is no integration with a third-party application via API or any other method. The B2B network, provides the means for reaching business partners and Enapps have opted to use an established Value-Added Network (VANs) provider, since this method has proved reliable since the conception of EDI connectivity. The planning, execution and management are also controlled by the Enapps ERP system and since our system is completely flexible, changes and upgrades to the solution can be made at any time.


What are the benefits of fully managed EDI?

  • Saves time – Minimising manual processes and increasing data accuracy
  • Saves money – Reducing the total cost of ownership (TCO) of B2B processing
  • Reduces operational risk – Making sure the solution’s success is not dependent on internal individuals
  • Increases competitive advantage – Allows the business to focus on core competences and stay competitive



Using EDI functionality within Enapps ERP

The following outlines a practical example of how Enapps could configure the fully managed EDI functionality to work within the ERP


  1. An order is initiated from a client as an EDI file and the order is automatically created on the ERP.
  2. Once the goods are scheduled for dispatch, the ERP auto-sends an EDI notification file to the client informing them to expect the goods.
  3. Once the goods are delivered, the ERP again auto-sends the invoice via another EDI file. Note that this EDI functionality can be configured to work with any of the relevant ERP modules such as Sales, Purchasing, Accounting & Warehouse.

The Enapps Fully Managed EDI Solution

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