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Electronic Data Interchange

  1. Rajesh Aggarwal

Published Online: 14 DEC 2007

DOI: 10.1002/9780470050118.ecse131

Wiley Encyclopedia of Computer Science and Engineering

Wiley Encyclopedia of Computer Science and Engineering

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Aggarwal, R. 2007. Electronic Data Interchange. Wiley Encyclopedia of Computer Science and Engineering. .

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  1. Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 14 DEC 2007


Organizations are increasingly adopting electronic data interchange (EDI) for performing basic business transactions to become competitive and flexible in the global marketplace. To successfully reap the full range of benefits of EDI, organizations must integrate their application systems with the EDI systems. This integration can be achieved by properly understanding the different subsystems involved in EDI. This article discusses the EDI standards, the hardware, the software, and the communication networks required for both domestic and international interchange of transactions. EDI translation software converts transactions into ANSI ASC X12 or EDIFACT format. Communication networks with the help of communication software transmit these standardized transactions to the trading partner's application system for appropriate response. Installation, maintenance, and control procedures are needed for proper operations of the EDI system.


  • EDI;
  • transaction;
  • integration;
  • standard;
  • data;
  • network