GXS Releases New Book on the Fundamentals of Electronic Data Interchange (EDI)

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EDI Expert Provides Primer for IT Professionals Seeking to Master the World’s Most Popular B2B Integration Standard

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Rochelle Cohen

As the next generation of EDI professionals enters the workforce, there is more need than ever to arm these individuals with training and educational resources to move away from the old manual processes and towards the electronic way.

GXS, a leading provider of B2B integration services, today announced the release of EDI Basics, a new book by GXS’s Rochelle P. Cohen. The book offers a look at the fundamental concepts behind Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) and provides readers with the information necessary to make strategic and operational decisions about their B2B programs.

Electronic communication has changed the way companies conduct business. Business-to-business (B2B) e-commerce has enabled the integration of companies throughout the world into communities of business partners. This book helps educate all companies on the approaches to and benefits of using EDI as a core technology component in streamlining their procurement, receiving, invoicing, and payment processes.

In EDI Basics, Cohen defines EDI and looks at the most commonly used EDI standards, including ANSI X12 and UN/EDIFACT, and business documents in various industries. Additionally, she explores AS2, FTP/VPN and SFTP communications protocols and the available transmission options for EDI. Readers will learn the benefits of EDI as well as the various models a company can employ to implement an EDI program. She concludes by offering real-life examples of how three companies have implemented EDI programs for increased business success.

“Although many new B2B integration technologies have been introduced in recent years, EDI continues to be the world’s most popular model for companies to do business electronically with their supply chain,” said Rochelle Cohen, senior marketing manager at GXS. “As the next generation of EDI professionals enters the workforce, there is more need than ever to arm these individuals with training and educational resources to move away from the old manual processes and towards the electronic way.”

A true B2B enthusiast, Rochelle Cohen has spent nearly 30 years in the EDI industry. She has followed the trends and developments as the industry has matured and evolved. In her book, she shows that EDI remains important across all industries, including retail, banking, manufacturing, high-tech and financial services, in today’s electronic commerce environment. She looks at the high level of visibility EDI provides and demonstrates the critical advantage it offers for business success.

EDI Basics is available for download here.

About GXS:

GXS is a leading B2B integration services provider and operates the world’s largest integration cloud, GXS Trading Grid®. Our software and services help more than 550,000 businesses, including 22 of the top 25 supply chains, extend their partner networks, automate receiving processes, manage electronic payments, and improve supply chain visibility. GXS Managed Services, our unique approach to improving B2B integration operations, combines GXS Trading Grid® with our process orchestration services and global team to manage a company’s multi-enterprise processes. Based in Gaithersburg, Maryland, GXS has direct operations in 20 countries, employing more than 2,800 professionals. To learn more, see http://www.gxs.com, read our blog at http://www.gxsblogs.com and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/gxs. You can also access our public filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission at http://www.sec.gov/edgar.shtml.


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