A successful EDI program begins with education. Fortunately, there is a wealth of information available: periodicals, commercially available training programs, EDI conferences and trade shows, software and network suppliers, and â€“ perhaps best of all â€“ the sharing of experience by companies already participating in EDI. Transentric can provide consultation or other services to meet all your EDI needs for Union Pacific and your other trading partners.
As with any new program, securing top management support is important. First, EDI does require a modest up-front investment. More importantly, achieving the full potential of EDI requires inter-departmental coordination and a fresh look at many current business processes.
Additional steps in implementing EDI include:
- Software development/purchase
- Communications development/purchase
- Identification of a trading partner base
- Mapping of transaction sets
- Testing with trading partners
- Internal training