Over the last couple of years we have been “ahead of the curve” when we said the Cloud was a great home for your EDI. Now there is an awakening and much more interest; not only in EDI but in putting all sorts of applications in the Cloud.I have a friend who sells cake mixes and has customers who require EDI. Her first reaction to EDI was: “Another black box in my office with servicemen knocking on my door all the time.” She is one of many ideal candidates for EDI in the Cloud.
“In the Cloud” is a big topic of conversation and a very popular search engine query too. What is it all about? Simply stated, it is a SERVICE as opposed to a PRODUCT. Could be a CRM system, an ERP system, or an EDI system (or almost anything you use). Everything goes back and forth over the Internet.
Concentrating on EDI, it could be:
- SaaS (software as a service);
- A Hosted EDI Solution (licensed version of the software resides on a secure dedicated server in the cloud. Your provider manages every aspect of your EDI process, from developing the mapping according to your trading partner’s specifications to coordinating communications with trading partner.);
- Web-based EDI (designed for smaller companies, no software to install, user friendly interface).
Any way you look at it, there is software sitting on somebody elses machine somewhere and that somebody is running it.