Frequently Asked Questions about EDI and Related Topics

Who is Remedi Electronic Commerce?

Remedi Electronic Commerce is an EDI solutions provider founded in 1994 by CEO Tracy Loetz. Remedi is based in Columbus, Ohio. Remedi focuses on helping businesses use modern EDI services and B2B integration software to reduce costs, accelerate efficiency, and reach their business goals.

Is Remedi an EDI provider?

Yes, Remedi Electronic Commerce provides EDI consulting and staffing services, and resells and supports B2B integration software. Remedi helps companies size projects, evaluate options, and implement the solution that best aligns with their requirements and budget.

What kind of EDI services does Remedi provide?

Remedi offers multi-disciplinary B2B integration services that range from EDI consulting to MFT, EAI, and API expertise. Companies work with Remedi to resolve EDI talent challenges such as the resignation or retirement of a key staffer, or a shortage of candidates for full-time EDI openings.

Does Remedi provide services other than EDI consulting and staffing?

In addition to consulting and staffing services, Remedi provides managed EDI services, EDI training programs and integration environment performance assessments.

What are managed EDI services?

Managed EDI services is the outsourcing of electronic data interchange (EDI) operations to a third-party provider. Typically, this requires the organization to subscribe to the provider’s proprietary EDI platform.

Organizations who outsource their EDI seek to reduce the costs and complexity of managing their own EDI infrastructure, and better support their trading partners.

What makes Remedi’s managed EDI services different from traditional EDI outsourcing?

At Remedi, managed EDI services means our resources support an organization’s existing EDI system, unlike traditional outsourced EDI. Our model is attractive to organizations who have made a significant investment in their EDI infrastructure and need qualified resources who can manage it for them.

How does EDI consulting and staffing work at Remedi?

Consulting and staffing services from Remedi are by assignment. Remedi’s EDI consulting and staffing services include short to long-term engagements, staff augmentation for project work, and when desired, contract-to-hire and full-time placements.

What is EDI?

Electronic data interchange (EDI) refers to virtually exchanging business documents such as purchase orders and invoices. Such documents were (and still are) handwritten and either mailed, attached to email, or faxed.

The bulk of EDI transactions occur between B2B buyers and sellers but EDI also makes millions of consumer transactions more convenient. For example, a form of EDI powers e-commerce shopping platforms such as Amazon. Also, automating paper-based transactions saves companies time and avoid cost errors caused by manual processing.

What are EDI Systems?

EDI systems exchange information without human intervention. Instead, the system relies on a standardized messaging format that computers can read and interpret.  An EDI system needs four components. 1. A device to send and receive the data. 2. An application that translates the data into a standardized format. 3. A connection between the sender and the receiver. 4. An interface that allows users to share data quickly and accurately.

What are EDI Payments?

Unlike ACH or ETF, EDI payments are not actual payments, but a type of financial EDI transaction. There are several examples, such an EDI 820. Companies send an EDI 820 to respond to an EDI 810 (invoice) or EDI 850 (purchase order). An EDI 820 confirms payment details or advises the seller of any adjustment to the payment amount.

What is System Integration?

System integration unites all components into an infrastructure. The infrastructure has physical and virtual components. The physical components are computers and devices. The virtual components refer to data stored in software, apps, and databases.


What is B2B Integration?

Business-to-business (B2B) integration relies on EDI. It makes it possible for partners in the supply chain to communicate using a variety of devices and protocols.

What is enterprise application integration?

Enterprise application integration (EAI) is the process of connecting different software applications and systems within an organization so that they can share data and work together seamlessly.

EAI enables different departments and systems to work together as a cohesive whole. EAI helps improve productivity, reduce errors, and provides a more streamlined experience for employees and customers.

What is managed file transfer?

Managed File Transfer (MFT) is a highly secure technology that enables organizations to efficiently transfer large volumes of data between systems and trading partners within an organization. It provides encryption, error detection, and automatic retrying for reliable data transfer.

MFT also offers control and visibility over an organization’s data flows with centralized management, monitoring, and reporting features for easy tracking and regulatory compliance.

What Does API stand for?

API stands for Application Programming Interface. APIs are pieces of special software that let two applications talk to each other.

What is an example of an API integration?

A sales rep for a value-added food processer who uses an API to check real-time commodities prices to prepare a quote for a customer.

What EDI systems does Remedi support?

Remedi resells, deploys and supports solutions from IBM, Cleo and Epicor (1 EDI Source). Remedi also supports portfolio solutions from Microsoft, SEEBURGER, and SPS Commerce among others.

What are the currently supported versions of IBM Gentran:Server?

See this page for links to the current documentation for Gentran:Server.

Can IBM Gentran:Server be hosted in the cloud?

Gentran:Server is available as an on premises software solution only.

What are the current infrastructure requirements for IBM Sterling B2B Integrator?

Specific requirements vary with your business needs and system environment. A Remedi B2B Integrator specialist can help you evaluate performance and system usage requirements.

What are the currently supported versions of IBM Sterling B2B Integrator?

You can find the latest B2B Integrator documentation here.

When did IBM withdraw support for prior versions of Sterling B2B Integrator and Sterling File Gateway?

See this page for information about withdrawn support for prior versions of these products.

What is Remedi Framework?

The Framework solution consists of libraries, parameter-driven business processes, dashboards, and reports that reduce the complexity of implementing and working within the IBM Sterling B2B Integrator solution.

Deploying Framework makes it possible to implement B2B Integrator up to 4x faster within a scalable, reusable architecture.

What is the Cleo Integration Cloud?

The Cleo Integration Cloud (CIC) delivers rich EDI, MFT, EAI, and API capabilities on a single B2B integration platform. This gives you the flexibility to connect with your entire integration ecosystem including back-end systems, internal users, cloud applications, service providers, and trading partners.

What is 1 EDI Source?

1 EDI Source is a reseller partner of Remedi. They offer EDI translation, EDI mapping, and EDI integration software. Remedi collaborates with 1 EDI Source on projects with complex ERP system integration requirements.

What does an EDI business analyst do?

An EDI business analyst supports efficiency and productivity by analyzing and implementing EDI solutions that meet the requirements of the organization and its trading partners. Key traits for success in the role include big picture thinking, strong interpersonal skills, and attention to detail.

What does an EDI mapper do?

An EDI mapper helps organizations reduce manual data entry errors by creating maps that convert the data format of one system to the data format of another system. Key traits for success in the role include exceptional time management, strong problem-solving skills, and being highly organized.

What does an EDI developer do?

An EDI developer plays a critical role in the organization’s operations by helping to ensure accurate, efficient communication between trading partners.

They design, develop, and implement EDI solutions that enable seamless data exchange between different systems and applications. They also ensure EDI systems function smoothly by addressing issues or errors that may emerge to prevent, delay or corrupt a transaction.

Key traits for success in the role include attention to detail, strong interpersonal and communication skills, and creative problem-solving skills.

What does an EDI solutions architect do?

An EDI solutions architect designs and implements end-to-end EDI solutions that meet specific business requirements. They analyze technical and business needs, provide guidance on EDI standards and protocols, and ensure that the EDI solution aligns with the organization's overall IT strategy.

Unlike other EDI roles, an EDI solutions architect takes a broader, more strategic view of the organization's EDI needs. Keys traits for success include exceptional communication skills, ability to quickly grasp the landscape of the customer’s integration environment, and a track record of delivering solutions with maximum efficiency and minimal disruption to the business.

Do you service ERP packages?

Remedi focuses on implementing and optimizing enterprise-level EDI software. That said, we deliver EDI solutions that integrate with widely used ERP systems, such as SAP S/4HANNA Cloud, NetSuite, and Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central.

How do EDI and ERP work together?

EDI systems are used to electronically exchange data such as purchase orders, invoices, and shipping notices between different organizations. ERP systems integrate and automate a wide range of business functions such as finance, accounting, and supply chain management.

When an organization uses both ERP and EDI systems, they can work together to streamline their operations and improve efficiency. For example, an organization's ERP system may generate a purchase order, which can then be automatically transmitted to a supplier's EDI system.