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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 01-23-2004, 03:44 PM Thread Starter
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Does anyone use EDI in thier business and have enough knowledge that you could steer me to a reliable company? Its time I get up and running with EDI. Ive had a couple of people recommend Sterling Commerce. It seems as though many of my customers are using them also.

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We use EDI at work. Sterling Commerce, Gentran. We've had it now for quite a few years. Seems to work well for us. I'm only involved at the DBA level though.

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Grainger and us use SPS Commerce. spscommerce.net
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I am an EDI administrator here. We use Gentran as well. I hate it with a passion, but hey, that's me.

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Why do you hate it?

And Meggy do you like or dislike the one you use?

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Ouch... EDI is tough. Capital and labor intensive for sure. Depending on your budgeting, you might want to check out a company like Bottomline Technologies (www.bottomline.com) or another company that offers a EDI compatibility, but the room to migrate as needs/technology changes. I used to work for Bottomline, and their stuff is top shelf.

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Why do you hate it?

And Meggy do you like or dislike the one you use?

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I like it..... its easy to use.... cheap as hell and the customer service reps are always there to help if you need it. everything is just with a point and click away. it's fast, easy to print, easy to upload, download, etc.
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You say its cheap...underdog says its expensive... wha????

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Ok here it goes. I am constantly talking with companies who have EDI with a VAN like Sterling or whatever. A lot of companies are looking to move away from VAN's, if their customers allow the flexibility, because a VAN constantly has costs involved. EDI Int is the way to go. You get the same functionality of EDI but it is done all through the web. You dont have a 3rd party company that does all the EDI for you and updates you in batch form. EDI Int is done with software the resides on your systems and allows you to directly communicate with your trading partners or your customer's VANs while eliminating the costs of using a VAN yourself.

My company offers EDI Int that is integrated with your backend applications. PM me if you have questions or want to talk.

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Gentran was being used in the last company I worked at. It was the best solution for them. Now this is not an easy subject, and you should do a lot of research about what fits with your company.

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What Hawkeye said. Traditional EDI is still very pricey, and antiquated as hell. You almost need to have a full time translator onsite to keep things straight. The better option is a software/web based version. More flexibity, less expense on your part. Last I checked when I was in the industry, EDI setup was on the high side of $50K. Software memberships offering the same/more functionality should be substantially cheaper depending on the application. Good luck.

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We use EDI and we DO NOT USE Gentran. lol

Im a unix admin (the guy that maintains the EDI servers and establishes communication for EDI transfer w/ clients.)

we use a product called Eframe from Descartes.
We are moveing to a new product called Tibco.

Not trying to sell you anything. but my company specalizes in helping smaller companys do EDI, warehouse, or transportation or all 3.

www.conwaylogistics.com
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Ohhh I never said we have the software. We use the web based option......

I just checked our contract....

we paid $100 in set up costs and now pay $0.50 per transaction with a $200 required monthly min. But that's the option we choose. There are OTHER OPTIONS TO CHOOSE.
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OTHER OPTIONS:

$25.00 monthly min..... $3 per transaction
$50.00 monthly min.... $ 1.50 per transaction

and sooooo on...... of course each one includes "up to ### transaction" with each monthly min.
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Had another problem with EDI this morning, but Sterling Commerce does have a great support center. We were back up and running in no time. I do have to give them that.

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