In common usage, EDI is understood to mean specific interchange methods agreed upon by national or international standards bodies for the transfer of business transaction data, with one typical application being the automated purchase of goods and services. Despite being relatively unheralded, in this era of technologies such as XMLservices, the Internet and the World Wide Web, EDI is still the data format used by the vast majority of electronic commerce transactions in the world. EDI documents contain the same data that would normally be found in a paper document used for the same organizational function. For example an EDI ship-from-warehouse order is used by a manufacturer to tell a warehouse to ship product to a retailer. It typically has a ship to address, bill to address, a list of product numbers usually a UPC code and quantities.
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IBM Sterling Gentran combines powerful, adaptive data translation software, a reliable B2B communications system, user-friendly process control, and first-class support from IBM. Sterling Gentran is one of the most trusted solutions for companies that exchange high volumes of business data.
We have worked with IBM Sterling Gentran extensively and will gladly support your business through the implementation process. Both versions of Gentran:Server offer similar features and serve the same purposes, but each one has functionality adapted to its associated operating system environment. Manufacturers, healthcare providers, enterprises, Amazon suppliers, and other industries that require large amounts of B2B transactions rely on EDI to exchange documents and messages quickly and securely.
All of that data going back and forth becomes a tremendous hassle to translate, store, and sync with existing business solutions. Without the ability to communicate and solve problems quickly, your business partner relationships could suffer, and your company could fall behind in the market. IBM Sterling Gentran Features Include: User-friendly mapping tool — Create mapping relationships through a point-and-click interface without having to translate documents from scratch.
Document manager — Explore stored documents and B2B transaction records with clear visibility. Store-and-forward mailbox — A gateway for all inbound and outbound transactions through Sterling Gentran:Server. B2B integration tools — Sync business data from other applications and systems with your EDI transaction services.
Auditing and archiving — Track all of your EDI documents to resolve problems and answer questions regarding your business transactions. Business rule configuration — Create flexible business rules and document scheduling to prevent errors during document transactions. B2B communications service — Managed complex B2B communications using a variety of protocols across multiple distributed platforms. Open architecture — Develop new features and expand your business-specific capabilities by building on top of IBM Sterling Gentran.
Why Your Company Should Use Sterling Gentran Manufacturers, healthcare providers, enterprises, Amazon suppliers, and other industries that require large amounts of B2B transactions rely on EDI to exchange documents and messages quickly and securely. Discover More. Focused E-Commerce. IBM Products. Our Products. Our Services. Start typing and press Enter to search.
EDI 101 & Tutorials
Any sections in this tutorial that do not apply to all three standards are marked with the applicable standard name. If a section heading does not include a standard name, then the section applies to all three standards. In some tasks, the steps and information apply to all three standards but a specific detail may be different, such as a field name. For example: In the "What is the name of the form" box, enter one of the following:.
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