I suspect EDI popularity varies by industry. We used to do EDI but we abandoned it because our customers let their personnel violate standards & this meant that fulfilling idiotic demands by customer personnel who did not understand the principles of EDI, as requested by our company personnel who did not understand them either, just wiped out all the time we had to spend working on anything else, until management realized they no longer could justify this expense. Until the plug was pulled on our EDI I package, I was constantly complaining that we needed to invest in EDI II. Basically we were doing modified EDI I. I massaged the data to make it easier to transcribe, and I was constantly working on trying to reinvent the EDI II wheel & being shot in the back by EDI users who had been given absolutely no training in how to use EDI productively. We had 3 customers doing EDI & each of them had several divisions & each division had several people playing with the rules & they were all playing different games. For example ... they really need to start using a particular kind of transaction set, but instead they decide to change what various fields are used for in a set that is inappropriate to the task, while still sending us the correct set, and how do we tell the difference what they are using some set for? Well some value in some field that they are sloppy about doing according to their own rules, so we end up having to do some reasonableness checking on other fields to figure out which set of rules apply to this EDI transmission. For example ... they want to order stuff changing the rules of their own company but they cannot get their own company computer department to implement it, so their buyer tells our customer service what has to be changed & our management goes along with this, so the EDI data has to be massaged when it comes in to actually order something different than the official records of the customer, and we have to keep track of who authorized this because the customer's accounting department might not pay the bills. For example ... in addition to all the games with the data, they had buyers call in & say they want the following changes made to their order, that we have not yet got from EDI. > From: email@example.com (Ed Chabot) > I hope that this isn't too far off topic. I was curious about how other > AS/400 sites are conducting EDI. Specifically, on a PC or AS/400, what > packages are being used, how many trading partners are involved, interfaced > to AS/400 systems or print and re-key, etc. MacWheel99@aol.com (Alister Wm Macintyre) (Al Mac) BPCS 405 CD Manager / Programmer @ Global Wire Technologies Incorporated http://www.globalwiretechnologies.com = new name same quality wire engineering company: fax # 812-424-6838
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