Electronic Data Interchange, or EDI for short, is the electronic exchange of business documents using structured data between two or more business partners. EDI replaces paper and ensures the automatic exchange of documents by means of EDI message standards. The exchange of data according to the agreed standards is fast and reliable. EDI is used in numerous industries such as automotive, retail, financial services and high-tech industries. In addition to the global standard EDIFACT, there are other industry-specific and also regional standards (e.g. ODETTE, VDA, HL7, SWIFT, etc.).
EDI software consists of several components. Usually, an ERP connector is available to connect the EDI software to the ERP system. This ensures the automatic transfer between ERP and EDI software. Furthermore, there is a converter to convert internal formats into the format specified by the respective industry for message exchange. A communication adapter is then required for technical delivery to the business partners.