The Downside of Traditional EDI
Although the benefits are compelling, and were repeated in boardrooms around the world, actual acceptance and implementation of EDI was far less prevalent especially in the small to mid-sized companies. Here are a couple of the downsides of traditional EDI:
Business application systems were complex and expensive. Primarily serving the peripheral functions of a business, they were not regarded as being fully integrated into all business activities. So while there were substantial savings to be gained from the use of EDI, the cost of re-designing and deploying software applications to integrate EDI into an existing portfolio of business applications was high enough to offset the anticipated advantages.
The need for extensive telecommunications capability posed a second major barrier to widespread EDI implementation for small to mid-sized companies. Beyond the computer itself, a basic requirement of EDI is a means to transmit and receive information to and from a wide variety of customers or suppliers. This required a heavy investment in computer networks. Unlike the mail, to send electronic documents there must be a specific point-to-point electronic path for the document to take. So companies were either required to develop extensive and expensive networks, or rely on intermittent point-to-point modem communication.
With solutions and systems from Accellos, today business remain competitive by avoiding traditional EDI disadvantages. Contact a representative today and find out how Accellos can help your business overcome the disadvantages of EDI with custom, packaged or web-based solutions that fit your needs.
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