Manage Your Own EDI

Bring EDI In-House and Reduce Outsourced EDI Cost

EDI outsourcing becomes costly as volume grows. What was a quick and easy choice a few years ago is now a budget leak. Or maybe your outsourcing costs are still manageable but customer complaints are high. Errors go unresolved, new customer implementations take months to get started. How do you know if there are better, more cost-effective solutions, and what are the next steps?

Here’s how you can tell that a change may be needed: if you pay more than $1,500 monthly, it takes more than 3-4 weeks to implement a new EDI partner, or you receive regular customer complaints, it’s time to reevaluate your current EDI system. Making the investment in a modern, efficient system will pay dividends in the long run, with a lower total cost of ownership (TCO), improved supply chain efficiency, and increased customer satisfaction.

Overview

EDI outsourcers and some VANs provide data integration by reformatting the data from your ERP system to your customers’ EDI specifications. You can accomplish the same thing by implementing your own in-house or cloud software. The general steps in implementing your own data integration system are:

  1. Select and purchase an on-premise or cloud EDI system.
  2. Configure the system and create customer-specific maps (data translation instructions). Implementation time is approximately four weeks for ten customers.
  3. Test and deploy. This takes approximately two weeks, depending on customer requirements.

DCS can help with some or all of those steps, and can provide post-implementation support as needed.


Conclusion

When you need to plug a drain in your budget and become more self-reliant, your first step is to contact DCS for a no-cost assessment. With our help you can calculate the ROI and then activate EDI for high volume, key customers by moving to a modern system that is already adapted to your ERP system. The next step is easy: call or e-mail DCS for more information.