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Differences between EDIFACT & EDI X12

par HelpSystems • 24 Mar 2020

Dans cet article, nous vous proposons de voir les différences entre EDIFACT et l’EDI X12, ainsi que leur utilisation.

Focus on EDI X12

Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) is a flat file format or technology that two or more trading partners in different organizations can use to securely send and receive business transactions or files. The EDI X12 data format is based on The Accredited Standards Committee (ASC) X12 standards.

Once a document is prepared according to ASC X12 standards, it can be translated to a common language between the organizations and sent via a point-to-point secure EDI connection. Protocols used for this range from FTP, to web-based EDI via AS2, and API-based systems like AS4, and more.

In addition to businesses that use it to send and receive everyday transactional files such as purchase orders and invoices, industries such as healthcare, insurance and others that require an audit trail also use EDI. It’s a straightforward solution that provides the security needed with automation, time- and money-savings. It also provides a common language between two or more different organizations to readily exchange information without the risks associated with paper and email data transmission.

Focus on EDIFACT

EDIFACT is the shorter, sweeter acronym for Electronic Data Interchange for Administration, Commerce and Transport, and it is the international EDI standard developed under the United Nations to help ensure EDI is structured to work for multi-industry and multi-country exchange.

Like EDI, EDIFACT it is used to help organizations – both commercial and governmental – exchange information between each other using a common language. EDIFACT is widely used in Europe and a growing number of organizations with the U.S and the Asia-Pacific (APAC) regions are also adopting this standardized process for exchanging data securely. Outside of North America, EDIFACT is the most popular EDI data standard.

The standard differences


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