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What is EDI?

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Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) is the computer-to-computer exchange of formatted business data between enterprises.  The sending computer system must be capable of generating complete and accurate information while the receiving system must be capable of interpreting and using the data received with no human intervention.  In order to be recognized by the receiving computer application, transmitted transactions must be in a standard data format.  Commonality of data requirements among companies have led to National (X12) and International (EDIFACT) standards being developed.


The X12 and EDIFACT standards are very broad, many industry associations develop industry specific guidelines and are sub-sets of the X12 and EDIFACT standards for use within their industry.  CLIENT is prepared to support the guidelines developed and recommended by the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA).

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