The EDI vs API Debate
For decades, EDI (Electronic Data Interchange) has been the standard document exchange system. API is becoming a popular alternative to EDI. It continues to gain use for trading partner communications within the supply chain. Which solution should you choose?
What are EDI and API?
Application Program Interfaces
API is the newcomer to information exchange. Since its development in the early 2000’s, API often find use in Cloud SaaS (Software as a Service) applications.
APIs allow companies to leave parts of their software available or “open” so other software can easily integrate to them. One term you may encounter is “RESTful API.” REST stands for Representational State Transfer. It relies on a stateless, client-server, cacheable communications protocol, usually HTTP.
Electronic Data Interchange
EDI emerged during the 1970’s as a way to streamline business processes. These include ship notices, invoicing and purchase orders. It has been the long-time industry standard due to its security and reliability.
EDI allows the exchange of business documents in electronic format. Trading partner companies can then transfer documents such as purchase orders, invoices, ASNs, BOL and more.
API Versus EDI Integration
EDI vs API, Which Should You Choose?
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