EDI remains a critical component of nearly any B2B integration. When you pair this means of B2B communication with the power of APIs, it opens up the door to streamlined operations and new business opportunities. Here are three examples of EDI and APIs joining forces to deliver a big impact.
01 Streamlining configurations
Internal resources shouldn't have to be EDI experts to set up partnerships. With configuration APIs, they don' t have to be. Businesses can build tools and capabilities that preconfigure trading partner flows. The result is a more efficient, collaborative onboarding process where everyone wins.
02 Streamlining operations
It's not ideal for EDI teams to receive pings from global sales teams in the middle of the night. Rather than fielding inconvenient messages about whether orders have been received, operational APIs offer a better solution. A chatbot can answer a series of questions to determine if an order was received.
03 Streamlining transactions
Health insurance providers, for example, have used EDI for a long time and want to modernize their back-end operations. At the same time, they need an easy-to-use interface. By mapping out traditional EDI flows, you can identify ways to augment your flows with capabilities supported by transactional APIs.
The future of EDI and APIs is undoubtedly connected. While each is powerful in its own right, API-enabled EDI offers a way for businesses to tackle modern integration challenges. That's two integration patterns with one big impact.
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