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EDI and XML Compliance – Managed EDI on Demand

Workflow is the electronic exchange of business documents. Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) is the electronic equivalent of processing paper documents and is at the center of any workflow system. EDI is the electronic equivalent of processing paper documents. Companies that use EDI reduce the number of errors and the processing time associated with the paper document exchange. Companies can exchange documents directly or they can use a third-party.

EDI standards are formats for EDI documents that specify what information goes where within an EDI document. Your industry or trading partners determine which EDI standard you must use. When information is missing or in the wrong place, the EDI document might not be processed correctly.There are two types of EDI approaches:

  • Proprietary standard – EDI standard developed for a specific company or industry. This is also called a non-public or private standard.
  • Public standard – EDI standard developed for use across one or more industries.

Extensible Markup Language (XML) is a specification that has been developed for transmitting information over the Web. XML is based on the Standard Global Markup Language (SGML) and is a cross-platform, software- and hardware-independent tool. In addition, it has the following attributes:

  • Is a markup language much like HTML.
  • Is designed to describe data.
  • Can be used for all types of data and graphics.
  • Is independent of applications, platforms, or vendors.
  • Allows designers to create their own customized tags, enabling the definition, transmission, validation, and interpretation of data between applications and between organizations.

SMX is compliant with ANSI X12 and UN EDIFACT, ensuring your organization complies with published data exchange standards and requirements associated with your programs for any industry.

SMX supports XML and EDI to XML conversion. For example, in healthcare, RDC requisitioning systems provide XML punch-out services into back end EDI compliant ERP systems with several suppliers. We provide XML to EDI conversion for hospitals across Ontario.

SMX enables EDI translation, validation and routing of EDI ANSI, EDIFACT and CADEX transaction types related customs declarations and releases for the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA).

We are a GS-1 member and fully comply with all healthcare supply chain standards. We support hospital interaction with GS-1, GHX as well as point-to-point data exchange between vendors and hospitals.

With respect to commercial EDI, we support Walmart and Smuckers procurement and tendering implementation guides on behalf of retail vendors.

    Common North American EDI Standards

  • EDIA for the Transportation Industry
  • UCS for the Grocery Industry
  • WINS Warehousing 1982
  • ANSI X12 Cross-industry 1983
  • RosettaNet IT Supply Chain N/A
  • COMPORD Steel N/A

    Major International EDI Standards

  • TRADACOMS for the Retail Industry out of the UK
  • ODETTE for the Automotive Industry out of Europe
  • UN/EDIFACT for Commercial Export and Transportation and is a Global Standard supported by SMX

Transferring electronic data in a predefined format from one computer application to another over a communications link – it is central to RDC’s SMX system, which supports published EDI and XML standards, providing:

  • Increased flexibility to extract key data based on business rules contained in schema or implementation guides
  • Reduced need for coding custom applications
  • Meta data is held with EDI or XML files