Competence Center EDI Development



E-Business Solution for Electronic Data Interchange (EDI)


1. What does Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) mean?

    EDI is used to exchange business documents between two systems. Very often a customer sends purchase orders by means of EDI to a supplier. In this case the supplier responds by sending an invoice to the customer electronically. So EDI eliminates the transfer of paper copies of these business documents. Many so-called external standards, of these business documents are defined to give rules to the related business processes, the business document structure and the content. In Europe, the UN/EDIFACT standard is used; in the United States, the standard is called ANSI X.12. Moreover industry-specific standards are also used, e.g. SPEC2000 and AECMA for Areospace and Defense ,and VDA/ODETTE in the automotive industry.   

2. What is an EDI Translator Software System used for?

    Infor does not sell any EDI translator/communication software but rather offers an open, common interface for such systems. Regarding the exchange of Business Documents EDI Translator Software System takes on the responsibility for the following tasks:

  • Translation of BaanEMIS Business Documents to different external standards and vice versa  
  • Communication
  • EDI Business Partner Administration
  • Monitoring of the Process

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3. Why should a Infor customer use an EDI Translator Software System?

    From the Infor point of view, the Business Document Interface is based on Baan's  EDI Module and the standardization provided by the BEMIS parameter settings. Only this combination offers the required standardization and flexibility of the interface. The result is that using an EDI Translator Software System and BEMIS the Infor Baan Standard Software becomes independent of the different external EDI standards. All pieces of information are exchanged via structured files between the Infor Baan System and the EDI Translator Software System.