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:
This direct mapping can eliminate the need for data entry and opens the door to full data and system integration.
- Readable documents
- Specific layouts like fixed length or delimited records
- XML - one or more database tables
- A combination of these
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. And if you’re just getting started with EDI, download our EDI 101 Guide
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