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EDI question...

Hi Guys,

I was aksed an question on EDI.

Can anyone help me out in that because I was unable to answer it ?

"What file format you using during EDI implementation ?"

Please throw some light on this issue.




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    Posted on Oct 06, 2005 at 06:11 PM

    Hi Tushar,

    In addition to what Rich had correctly mentioned, you have to remember that when you say EDI, you are not talking about SAP anymore, but you are looking at a third party system. In SAP, you will be dealing with IDocs and messages. There are third party tools that will convert the IDOC into the corresponding EDI message in probably any of the major file formats.


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    • <i>> So I guess we send flat file to EDI translator and

      > then it converts it in a format which can be send

      > through VAN, right ?</i>

      Most of the EDI translator systems that work with SAP, actually do RFC calls to SAP to read and post IDOCs to the SAP system. There is no intermediate flat file in between in this method. But if you are using some translator that doesn't how to talk to SAP, then in that case, I <b>guess</b> you will send your IDOC to a file port to create a flat file.

      <i>> Is EDI translator a synonym for EDI sub system or

      > different ?</i>

      Yes, they are the same. Most popular one out there is Gentran.



  • Posted on Oct 06, 2005 at 05:54 PM

    <i>An EDI system can take input from standard EDI text files as well as from virtually all other file formats. Output can be formatted in major file formats and sent to most major applications.</i>


    Rich Heilman

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