VAN V's Platform

VAN V's Platform

Author -  Alana Stephens

The VAN approach

The traditional VAN originated before the Internet when communication of EDI documents required direct connection between modems, with each company having banks of modems to support multiple connections.  Since the internet allows any company to make multiple connections to their trading partners, VANs have evolved to provide translation services which translate data files from your format into those of your trading partners. 

Using a VAN still requires each company to have adapter software capable of reading and writing EDI data files to and from their business applications, forming the connection between your business and the VAN

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The Platform approach

An EDI platform gives you a single solution for connecting to your business applications, translating your EDI data files, and communicating them over the Internet to your trading partners without the need for a third party VAN.  Additionally, EDI platforms don’t just translate data formats; due to the direct connection with your business applications they let you validate your EDI data files against your business data – product codes, pricing, unit of measure, and dates for example.

The higher level of processing and validation means better exception handling and reporting resulting in a more automated EDI system.  This enables you to build work flows to handle your EDI data in accordance with your business rules.

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Flow Software Limited is a software company headquartered in Auckland, New Zealand, specialising in the development, marketing, and support of Integration and EDI software.

Further information can be found at www.flowsoftware.com

 

 

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