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Data Mapping

In the simplest terms, data mapping is properly converting data into an EDI file format and then back again.

Mapping outbound data involves establishing what information goes where from the business or accounting software. The data must be properly arranged and formatted so that it conforms to both the EDI standards and the trading partner's requirements.

Once inbound data is received, it must also be converted to a format that your business or accounting system can understand. EDI software can map inbound EDI data directly into a variety of destination types including:
  • Applications
  • Readable documents
  • Specific layouts like fixed length or delimited records
  • XML - one or more database tables
  • A combination of these
This direct mapping can eliminate the need for data entry and opens the door to full data and system integration.  

Read about EDI translation and learn about EDI terms and definitions. And if you’re just getting started with EDI, download our EDI 101 Guide and our EDI Buyer’s Guide. Or contact us via email or at 1.877.334.1334. 

“We have to integrate with multiple systems using a variety of data structures. The software from 1 EDI Source is up to the task, with the flexibility to meet every need, and a friendly interface that makes it all easy. Plus, their customer support is always responsive and helpful.”
Alan Marsh ~ Twin City Foods

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