EDI stands for Electronic Data Interchange. This data format pioneered structured data transmission (established in the late 1960’s) via computer, and many companies continue to utilize this method of data communication today. EDI provides a consistent and predictable way to transmit data between two computer systems.

However, due to its age, EDI suffers from many limitations, namely: it’s difficult to understand/translate, a necessity for systems dedicated to processing the format, and an inability to support loosely structured/growing data needs. Nevertheless, today, many systems and companies still support this format since it meets a majority of their data needs. Because of this necessity, companies are seeking a modern alternative to automate their procurement documentation exchange. 

Enter APIs, or application programming interface. These interfaces can provide data in a number of structured formats. APIs and their data formats are being widely adopted by many companies to serve their complex data needs. APIs are typically well documented, and present data in a human-readable format.

Learn how the modern technology of an API takes outdated EDI to new heights in the full eBook. 


Jeff Keltz

Jeff Keltz

Born and raised in Connecticut, but now living in the Washington DC area, Jeff Keltz is an expert regarding data-driven deicisons. His passion for analytics is evident in the way he approaches problems, and how he visualizes solutions. Jeff’s diverse knowledge and understanding includes Computer Programming, Databases, Data Visualization, and Client Delivery. He is a technology-driven people-person, who loves to see brands succeed. Jeff’s expertise is using available technology to be flexible and efficient. Recently, he has helped large and small brands alike go from eCommerce “newbies”, to technology connoisseurs. Always leveraging data in his decisions, Jeff finds ways to assist brands increase their success, understanding, and positive reputation within the market. “Never forget the ‘Three T’s’: Technology, Teamwork, and Tacos” – Jeff Keltz


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