Monday, April 13, 2015

I Got EDI Data, Now What?

Action, action, we want action, A.C.T---I.O.N.

Okay, so you read our "Making informed Decisions" article, and learned all you could from it.  You noticed the "Action Plan" section and said, "now what?"  Well, if the Solutions in the "Decision Time" blog did not tickle your fancy, then maybe you would like to try the Services offered/suggested by Jobisez LLC. 

If you were emailed an EDI Interchange and would like to process it, you can try the Tools on the website.  One tool translates or converts EDI to CSV.  After the data is translated, then the user will receive an email with the CSV attachment; and data is also available online; and also available on Dropbox.  (Note: Not all transaction sets have a user-friendly CSV format, yet.  But we are working on them.)

If you find that you need some more expertise, perhaps the Freelance Consultants page of consultants is what you are looking for.  Read the entire page to get a better understanding of their experiences.  Or maybe you, yourself, are an EDI Contractor and would like to Post your Resume on the website.

We hope you find these Services helpful.

Thank you for your time,
Jobisez LLC.

See Also:
EDI Education
The Relationship Components
Decision Time

Friday, April 10, 2015

EDI Online Lookup System (BETA)


The beta version of the EDI Online Lookup system is now available. 

In order to use the Lookup system, you will either need to sign-on or create a user-code.  After you translate an Interchange using the EDI Online Translation tool, you can then visit the EDI Online Lookup page to view all your transactions.

This beta version will be growing over the next couple of months.  The plan is to have the Lookup system give you the ability to search for transaction using many different search criteria, then display both the EDI document and a Friendly Online report.

Jobisez LLC.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Translate EDI Interchanges into an Excel CSV Files and Online Report

Over the years, Jobisez LLC has developed online tools to help translate your EDI 315, EDI 816 and EDI 852 transaction sets.  Many people thought, what about all of the other transaction sets!  Well, look no more, Jobisez is announcing a new tool which will translate ANY valid EDI interchange.

This new tool is nearly complete and can be found in the EDI Tools section of the website.  The tool will allow you to translate any EDI Transaction Set into an Online Report and Excel CSV File(s) by browsing for an EDI file on your computer, and clicking "Create CSV" button.

Let's talk "Online Report".  Do you find it difficult to find an Order or Invoice in your EDI files?  Do you want to be able to search all your archived EDI data for a Location, or UPC code?  Do you want to find a specific retailer's 820 document so you can test with it?  Do want the 850, 810 and 856 just by searching on the PO number?  Do you want a tool that you can give access to your user community so they can see if a certain purchase order came in instead of you looking all the time?  Do you want the tool to be robust and search very quickly? 

These are all the criteria Jobisez took to develop the Online Reporting Tool.  We hope you like it!

However, there are some restrictions: The uploaded file must contain complete EDI Interchanges (the EDI file can contain one or more interchanges.)  It will work with ANSI X12  ('ISA' thru 'IEA'), UN-EDIFACT ('UNA/UNB' thru 'UNZ'), and TRADACOMS ('STX' thru 'END').  The uploaded file cannot be more than 500 KCs.

Let us know what you think by responding to this blog.

Thank you,
Jobisez LLC.


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

EDI VAN Application Form: What to Expect

The necessity of transferring business documents from one company to another, in electronic format, has been a normal way of doing business for many years.  However, surprisingly enough, many people do not know what "EDI" is, but it turns out, that almost all companies use it.  Because transferring EDI has become a normal way of conducting business, it has pretty much become a commodity in many respects.

Because it is a commodity, so to speak, the EDI VAN costs have come down in pricing over the decades.  What used to cost 30 cents a KC, ten to fifteen years ago, is now only a nickel or less.  If you have decided you are paying too much for your EDI VAN bill, you may want to look into Jobisez's EDI VAN alternative.

When visiting the above link, you will see how large and SMB companies can save on their VAN bill.  Upon filling out the form on that page, you will get a tailored email that looks similar to the email below.  If you like the price and the value adds (listed in your personalized email,) you will simply need to reply to that email to get the ball rolling.

"Thank you for visiting the Jobisez EDI VAN Solutions page.

For 21,000 KCs a month, I see a price of 4 cents per KC; plus a $35 a month mailbox fee.  At 21,000 KC/mo, that would be a monthly cost of $875.

We will need to determine which International Tier-1 VAN works best for your needs, but here are the value-adds you will get from one of the VANs.

- No Monthly Minimums or Long Term Commitments - You pay for only what you use.
- Free migration of trading partners to the VAN.
- Free public interconnects to all major Tier 1 VANS.
- Web facility for document tracking, reporting and re-queuing.
- 7 x 24 hour customer support.
- Multiple communications options, including AS2, FTP (VPN may be required for some), FTPS, SFTP connectivity available.  Some VANs still support a-sync and bi-sync dialup.
- Simple billing.
- Sliding scale pricing - no need to renegotiate - as your volume goes up your price automatically goes down.- No "extra" charges" - just a low mailbox fee and the kilo-character rate.
- No Document or Communication charges.
- No Segment or Envelope charges.
- No On-line report charges.
- No Interchanges or Session charges.
- No Storage charges.

If you are interested in that price and would like a Formal Proposal, or if require more information, please respond to this email.

Let me know what you think and let me know how you would like to proceed from here.

Thank you for inquiring,
Jobisez LLC."

If you have any question about this blog post, please leave a comment on this blog page, or visit our Contact Us page.

**The above pricing example is from March 25, 2015.  The pricing may have changed since then.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Decision Time: In-House or Leverage Existing EDI Technologies

Based on your readings of the "Making informed decisions", "EDI Education", and the "Trading Partner Requirements" you now know what is needed.  It is ok, at this point, if you do not know how to fit "EDI" into your organization.  That is the point of this article.

Each trading partner has their own expectations of what they would like for you to do.  Some may want to exchange the retailer transactions, and other the carrier transactions.  In that case, the EDI system would need to "plug" into your ERP and TMS systems.  Does this seem like a lot of work?  Well, it is.  So the first decision is whether or not to take your entire EDI processing "in house" or to use get some help from a 3rd party.  You can buy costly EDI software which requires computer servers, communication software, and people to run and maintain these on a daily basis; and you will need to keep up with your "Hubs" ever changing EDI requirements.

Or another solution is to leverage pre-existing software from using a 3rd party.  Those solutions and services are plentiful.  Here are a few,

Let's say you want to run your own in-house software, or you already have your own EDI system, you can still leverage off of the EDI VAN solution.  Doing so could help reduce your monthly VAN bill.  Not much work for lots of savings.

Or, you want to outsource your entire EDI processing to a 3rd party.  In essence, to have the outsourcer become your "EDI Department".  Many EDI companies provide this service as well.

Or, perhaps, you are pressured by one or two companies to do EDI, and you do not have anything that resembles an I.T. staff.  EDI Web technology exists to trade EDI via your web browser.

These are to name just a few.  There are more EDI Solutions available as you will see by reviewing the above links.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

The Relationship Components of EDI

"Making Informed Decisions about your EDI Initiative" requires an understanding of the components of the EDI relationships.  The can help broaden your knowledge of this understanding.  The website has 400+ pages defining the trading partners that exchange EDI.  There are over 75 pages dedicated to the transaction sets; and there are more than 1400 pages containing a wide variety of Implementation Guides.

The Trading Partner pages are easy to browse.  There you will find out which set ids each trading partner exchanges, there EDI envelope IDs, versions, and more.

The Transaction Sets defines the purpose of each transaction, which trading partners exchange them, and point you to many of the guidelines.  These guidelines will help you better understand the requirements of how each trading partner uses the EDI standards.

Also, we are pleased to announce a new feature to the website.  The new feature will allow you to build your very own EDI Website Portal.  The intent of this new feature is to allow those companies that cannot create a website with their EDI requirements.  When a company has their EDI requirements available online, then their trading partners can search for that portal and, hopefully, reduce the number of phone received by the EDI Coordinators.

Knowing how the relationship components work together is the purpose of the Jobisez LLC's EDI pages.

See also (added 3/21/2015):
EDI Education
Decision Time

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

EDI Education

As noted in our "Making Informed Decisions about your EDI Initiative" article, Education is one of the most important tools in your toolbox.  A little knowledge does go a long way sometimes, but too little knowledge can be dangerous.  Jobisez LLC has compiled and created many webpages so you can learn the basics of EDI before approaching a decision making process.

There are 30+ pages dedicated to Training.  The pages talk about the...
1. Background of EDI,
2. Communications,
3. Software,
4. Trading Partners,
5. Transaction Sets,
6. The EDI World,
7. Solutions,
8. Governing Agencies, and more.

There is also a Blogs page where you will find many industry leaders blogs.  Keeping up-to-date with blogs like these will keep you stay in "the know".

The EDI News page is updated about 20 times a month with the latest in EDI happenings.  You will find press releases about the healthcare system, carrier logistics, new technologies, etc.  This is one webpage where you can go to find the latest news without searching for it.

There is also an Advice page where you can post your questions and get responses back from other EDI people from around the world.  Perhaps their experiences can help you.

It is our hope that the Knowledge-Base section really helps you understand the basics of EDI.

Please leave a comment if you would like to see more on our Education pages.

Thank you!

See also (added 3/21/2015):
The Relationship Components
Decision Time