Relying on Old School EDI Comes with Risk.

Guest Blog By: Data Masons Software


With the release of Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015 right around the corner, it’s clear that the doors of opportunity are swinging wide open as Microsoft evolves its Dynamics ERP release schedules to deliver more frequent technology updates. While a more aggressive schedule allows organizations to better anticipate long-term technology plans, it’s important to question whether or not your current 3rd-party solutions can support Microsoft’s schedule. ERP integration is critical, but can your EDI provider offer equally critical day one support, integration of a comprehensive list of document types and no per document fees?  


As my grandmother would say, “Back in the day…” when EDI integration was required of an organization, the how-when-and-why behind the EDI strategy was not as important of a question. From the client’s perspective, they just needed to make EDI happen.


Unfortunately though today, despite that both Microsoft Dynamics and Dynamics EDI technology has vastly evolved, many organizations utilizing EDI still operate with the same old school sentiments towards EDI as that ‘back in the day,’ avoiding the critical how-when-and-why questions. For many of these organizations, they find out all too late in the game that they have invested in a Dynamics EDI solution that is unable to support their evolving business needs and Microsoft’s own strategy.


As a result of this investment, these companies jeopardize their overall ability to manage their business as they would like, instead finding their EDI solution’s lack of flexibility and scalability at the helm. At this point, companies are most likely racking up unanticipated additional costs to support EDI, unable to quickly respond to new trading partner requirements and to top it off, road-blocked by EDI during an ERP upgrade.  


What does old school EDI look like and how can you avoid this scenario? Ask yourself these how-when-why questions and if you answer “NO” to any of them, than you have an opportunity to modernize your approach to EDI:


  1. Does your EDI solution provider commit to Day One integration to the latest Microsoft Dynamics GP releases?


  2. Can your EDI solution provide you with out-of-the-box integration of not only the most common EDI documents, but also uncommon scenarios that arise with trading partners?


  3. Can you integrate a broad array of electronic formats, including XML, CSV, XLS, ODBC, etc.?


  4. Are you offered flexible pricing models to support your specific business needs, including the ability to trade documents with no per document fee?


  5. Will your EDI provider support your Microsoft Dynamics GP version even after Microsoft discontinues support?


On December 1st, the door of opportunity opens once again as Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015 is released. Will you approach this opportunity with an old school mentality or take a modern approach that takes into account an EDI provider’s solution integration, flexibility and support offerings? For Microsoft Dynamics GP customer Thirstystone, best known for its line of 100% natural sandstone coasters, they were able to upgrade Microsoft Dynamics GP in a snap. Read how they leveraged an integrated EDI solution for Microsoft Dynamics GP to help them easily upgrade, eliminate extensive chargebacks and realize significant operational cost savings.