In-House EDI Solutions involve investments and costs for the user to maintain their EDI B2B infrastructure.
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The deployment of an In-House EDI Solution involves the allocation of space in companies in which to install the physical and logical architecture required to put a company's EDI B2B infrastructure into operation.
These installations involve the implementation of servers and machines to process the components of a complete EDI platform. These may include message translation tools, specific data integration solutions, and communications services to manage the protocols for sending and receiving EDI transactions exchanged with the business partner community.
These can be very complex installations, especially if we are talking about companies with high EDI B2B exchange volumes. If necessary, they can have specific compliance capabilities to align the transactions managed with the tax requirements of the tax authorities in terms of e-Invoicing.
Moreover, since these transactions are critical for the company, this generally implies allocating a significant volume of resources and professionals to ensure the uninterrupted operation of the entire EDI infrastructure within the company.
All these reasons justify the growing trend to approach EDI B2B projects in SaaS mode. This model usually involves outsourcing all the necessary technical infrastructure to a service provider and the developments and maintenance to be implemented on the different applications involved in the customer's EDI solution. In addition to these solutions in SaaS mode, it is also possible to implement management services generally known as EDI Outsourcing, which involves delegating the configuration, administration, and monitoring tasks of the EDI Solution to the service provider. Consequently, the company is relieved of tracking incidents, communication failures, protocol configuration, or GLNs (Global Location Number).