Onboarding Trading Partners onto EDI

If you’re considering implementing EDI for the first time, you’re bound to have some questions about how the process works. One of the things we get asked about the most here at Appleyard Solutions, is how we go about onboarding all your trading partners once you’ve made the decision to go ahead. In this blog,…

ALE, EDI & IDocs Introduction & Difference

EDI, stands for Electronic Data Interchange, and is the electronic exchange of structured business data between different applications. Typical EDI Architecture EDI Architecture consists of – EDI-enabled applications: They support the automatic processing of business transactions. The IDoc interface: This was designed as an open interface. The IDoc interface consists of IDoc types and function modules…

Sterling Integrator Client Components – What Are They?

Having worked in EDI for over 18 years, you get to see the same architecture over and over.  One particular architecture I have become very familiar with is the Sterling Integrator client components.

Protocols such as FTP, SFTP, HTTP, C:D are all divided into suite adapters that can be used to create a client that then connects to the trading partner and transfer the document,enforcing any security specifications from the business process.

Inhouse or Outsource EDI

In-House or Outsource….it’s a question that almost every company has to answer at one time or another regardless of your size. When we look at the options it can be overwhelming, but what are the true pros and cons of keeping your EDI In-house or outsourcing?

5 Areas To Look For Beyond The ROI of EDI

Traditional method of measuring your EDI project investment, is done through the cost savings a company will achieve once it is live.  Endless glorified sales presentations, glossy marketing graphics, and white papers demonstrate in a myriad of colorful charts showing how a solution will impact the bottom line.  While cost savings are important, the culture of EDI is changing to embrace how a particular system will impact the overall effectiveness on the organisation.



Electronic data interchange (EDI), as the name implies, is a method of electronic information exchange between two business entities. It involves the usage of computer networks and related software to transmit information related to businesses. EDI is an efficient method of decreasing costs, overheads and errors that commonly occur during business transactions. Additionally, business information between partners can easily be interchanged. Apart from information exchange, EDI helps in coordinating business transactions by performing tasks such as invoice generation and initiating delivery orders.