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EDI Communication Protocols

Before a business can successfully trade electronic data, they must determine the means, or method, of exchange with trading partners. Commonly called EDI communication, or EDI coms, the data transmission system and communication protocol you choose directly impacts processing transactions effectively. Engage Effective Data today to review key protocols and web services to determine what is the right EDI coms solution for your business. 

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AS2: Applicability Statement 2, is a secure messaging standard that transports data over the internet using digital certificates and encryption.

FTP: File Transfer Protocol, is a standard network protocol used for the transfer of computer files between a client and server on a computer network.

HTTP: HyperText Transfer Protocol, the data transfer protocol used on the World Wide Web. 

VAN: Value Added Network, is used to facilitate electronic data interchange communications via a private network.

sFTP: Secure File Transfer Protocol, is a secure communication protocol used to transfer computer files from one host to another host over a network, such as the Internet

APIs: Application Programming Interface, is a "universal plug" that lets applications and devices connect and communicate creating a seamless flow of data between apps and devices real-time regardless of what machine, operating system or mobile device is being used. 

Web Services commonly provide an object-oriented web-based interface to a database server that provides a user interface to the end-user.  

These protocols essentially involve two computers—a client and a server—connecting in a point-to-point manner via the web. Secure communications protect the data and/or the tunnel for the EDI data, allowing it to be sent securely, using digital certificates and encryption, over the Internet.

  • Data encryption–Encrypts the data rather than the transport channel, providing end-to-end security; channel encryption is also available
  • Non-repudiation–The ability to confirm that a document was actually sent by the claimed sender
  • Message management–The standard way to know whether messages arrived at their destination, and if they were successfully decrypted and verified

Transmission systems and communication protocols impact the ability to process transactions effectively. There are several EDI communication protocols because technology has evolved over time. Effective Data can ensure the means of EDI communication you select is compatible with your trading partners, from traditional EDI platforms like EDI VAN to emerging methodologies like AS2 and API.

Our EDI VAN, AS2, HTTPS, and SFTP services provide safe, secure, reliable and fast communication, no matter what format of data is being transferred. By partnering with us, you can embrace EDI without having to worry about how it’s exchanged. Whether you want to use EDI for the first time or expand existing EDI infrastructure to support an array of global business partners, there’s an EDI communications method to suit your business needs, technical capabilities, and budget. The experts at Effective Data can help you reach your EDI goals. Give us a call to learn more about EDI communications.

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