Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Below are some of the most common questions about electronic data interchange (EDI) and its related processes. If you have a specific question or need more information, contact one of our experts at 1.844.312.6872.

What is EDI?
Electronic data interchange (EDI) is the computer-to-computer exchange of business data (e.g., purchase orders, invoices) between companies via networks. It replaces the need to fax and mail paper documents. EDI documents can be sent to a standalone application or an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system.
What communication protocols does Connectivia support?
Connectivia supports the most common communication protocols, including Application Statement 2 (AS2), hypertext transfer protocol over secure socket layer (SSL) (HTTPS), value-added network (VAN), file transfer protocol (FTP), file transfer protocol secure (FTPS), and Secure Shell (SSH) file transfer protocol (SFTP).
What are the advantages of EDI?
Using EDI to exchange data between companies is faster, more secure, and more reliable than manually handling paper documents. EDI is also less expensive, and businesses have reduced production costs by automating business-to-business (B2B) processes with EDI.
How much does EDI cost?
Connectivia’s solution is based on a fixed rate per month, per trading partner, so you can anticipate the budget required for your EDI requirements.
How do we implement EDI?
EDI is implemented by two parties agreeing on a data exchange and communication protocol, i.e., between your company and your trading partner. An EDI solution provider, such as Connectivia, works with your company to ensure the EDI process is set up according to your trading partner’s protocols. Connectivia works with many major trading partners, so we’re familiar with most of their specific requirements.
What is a VAN?
Value-added network (VAN) is responsible for the secure and reliable communication of EDI documents over a data network between a company and its business partner. Some trading companies require the use of a VAN over other data networks. Connectivia supports VAN for data exchanges as well as other standard methods such as FTP, AS2, and HTTP to exchange data between companies.

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