Many companies benefit immensely by moving to the robust ERP system, Microsoft Dynamics AX. With a great breadth of medium/large business-targeted functionality and strong dimensional inventory, it plays well in the medium to large market. To further boost the benefits of using AX, EDI is often incorporated into the mix. Many vendors are now requiring EDI and it is also a cost-effective way to automate transactions. BSI EDI enables suppliers to receive electronic purchase orders and integrate them directly into AX--eliminating manual keying and duplicates. Then, orders are invoiced and shipped in AX and translated documents are automatically sent through the BSI EDI adapter to the trading partners.
BSI has the capability of providing comprehensive EDI services fast and economically, always mindful of your return on investment. We offer EDI expertise to seamlessly integrate to your existing Dynamics AX system or help you move to a AX upgrade.
Taking you way past simple EDI compliance ... It’s not just about compliance anymore. A good Supply Chain solution brings you the goods for streamlining your entire supply chain. BSI EDI lets you stay in compliance, with ANSI X12, EDIFACT, VICS, UCS and more business document integration capabilities, supporting both sell-side and buy-side transactions. Couple that with support for multiple Warehouse Management Systems (WMS) and you truly have the option to fit the solution to your business and not the other way around. But BSI EDI takes it one step further, with support for CSV, XML and cXML (Ariba) transactions, coupled with support for AS2 systems, multiple FTP, FTPs sites and more, and you truly have a flexible Supply Chain Solution that you can grow with!
It used to be all about compliance - “What do we have to do as a company to qualify for our customer’s business?” The businessscape is changing and it’s also about integration - “How can we use the investment to also benefit our company?” BSI EDI does just that. You get all of the compliance functionality, but also the features and functions that let you streamline the order flow -- both customer-side and supplier-side.
Transaction Exchange Formats
What is Electronic Data Interchange? It’s a format for exchanging your orders (or other data) in a machine-readable way. EDI is one of many business formats in use nowadays. BSI EDI gives you support for a rich gamut of those formats.
• cXML Format (Ariba) - Exchange Transactions via this Popular Portal
• XML Format - You can exchange orders and other transactions with many sources or destinations -- eCommerce sites, vendors, etc.
• CSV Format - Have a supplier that can’t or won’t accept EDI or XML? Send them CSV in an automated fashion. Import order CSV files ... the possibilities are endless!
• Traditional EDI - Exchange Transactions in many EDI formats (ANSI, VICS, UCS, EDIFACT, etc)
• Integrates with Most Popular EDI Standards and Versions
Getting the Data There
Transactions are just half of the equation. What about delivery? BSI EDI gives your the flexibility to connect to multiple disparate locations to exchange transactions directly or indirectly in many different procols, and the simplicity to easily connect to a Value Added Network (VAN). Why do you need the flexibility? Some customers or suppliers demand a direct connection (like AS2), whereas others allow you to exchange transactions via a VAN (like the BSI Cloud).
•Traditional VAN Service - We have setup wizards for Liaison, the BSI Cloud, as well as other FTP-based VAN services
• Easily setup exchange with an AS2 service (Wal-Mart, Dollar General and others require this).
• FTP and FTPs - You can direct-connect with your customer or supplier if that’s what it takes as well - via standard FTP or secure/encrypted FTP!
• HTTP, HTTPs - You can also send and receive via HTTP push and get, or secure HTTP
• Have a supplier or customer that still wants to exchange via email -- you’ve got that option too, with support for POP3/SMTP and SMTPs
• Integrates with Most Popular Value Added Networks
Robust Interface to Your Dynamics AX System
BSI EDI is an automated solution - it’s designed with you in mind - the smaller/medium-sized enterprise that might or might not have a person dedicated to managing supply chain relationships. What does this mean for the users? BSI EDI can be configured to automatically exchange day-to-day transactions: inbound, outbound, etc. and simply “notify” when those processes are completed. Exceptions are the only thing that must be dealt with -- items not cross-referenced, unrecognized shipto’s, etc. Take a look below to see some more about how our EDI solution works with your accounting/distribution system.
•Works with Dynamics AX 4.0, 2009, 2012, 2012 R2, 2012 R3
•Seamlessly Integrate Inbound Transactions as Quotes or Orders without Intervention (PunchOut, 850, 860, 875, 830, etc.)
•Automatically Generate Outbound Transactions (810, 856, ...)
•Internal Users Get Notifications when Transactions Come In or go Out
•Integrate Planning Schedules from Customers (830, 862, ...)
•Transaction Exceptions are Reported and Easily Corrected
•Generate Supplier-Side Transactions (Outbound PunchOut, forecast, 850, 860, ...)
•Generate or Accept Other Non-Standard Transactions (new store info, etc)
•Support for multiple WMS systems
No Customizations to Your Dynamics AX
BSI EDI can be setup as imbedded as you want with Dynamics AX. If you want the benefits of having EDI data elements available from within your AX AOT for X++ customizations, it can be impedded in your AOT. If you want to keep it arm's length, we can locate the EDI data in a separate database and use AIF Web Services to keep it separate. There are advantages to both approach: with imbedding, you can truly bring EDI-specific data into your process. With some industries, this is a prerequisite as EDI data might include inbedded product specifications or dates beyond normal AX capabilities. On the other hand, keeping it separate reduces your complexity during your upgrade process. Regardless of imbedded or not, BSI best-practice from 30 years' experience still indicates a piloting process for major updates. We keep it easy as well, either AIF or the .NET Business Connector drive our integration - we use proven, preferred Microsoft integration technologies with your Dynamics AX.