Web Edi can be described as a simple process in which EDI is conducted through an Internet browser. In this process paper-based documents are replicated as a web form, where users can easily enter information. When all the relevant information has been added, it is automatically converted into an EDI message, which is then sent through secure Internet protocols.
A solution will help to facilitate the participation of all your business partners. This can prove to be especially beneficial when you are working with partners in countries where IT and EDI skills are quite limited.
Web EDI have proven to be quite beneficial as they enable both small as well as medium sized businesses to create, receive and manage electronic documents, by using a browser. Simple forms enable businesses to communicate and comply with the requirements of their business partners. Business partners can now connect anywhere in the world, without using IT resources to their EDI implementation.
Web EDI is traditionally based around the ‘hub and spoke’ model. According to this model, the major business partner acts as the hub and the smaller partners as the spokes. The hub organization implements EDI and develops a web form, which is then used by its small and medium-size business partners. These web forms may be hosted on the hub’s site or that of an EDI network service provider. Business partners can then connect to the web forms via web browser. The documents are exchanged as forms, which are finally converted to EDI documents.