Two connection modes exist: Human-to-Machine and Machine-to-Machine/EDI (a combination is possible).
All you need for an H2M (Human TO Machine) connection is a computer or a tablet, a browser and Internet access. As a registered user, you receive your customers' EDI messages as a SupplyOn web form. You can also send the data back via the browser - your customer receives it as an EDI message.
With an M2M connection (Machine TO Machine), you can integrate automatic data exchange. To implement the relevant business processes, you need a specific connection and assignment between your ERP system and SupplyOn. You can choose between two communication channels: OFTP2 or AS2 via a secure Internet connection.
M2M/EDI mode is recommended in case of high data volume exchanged between customers and supplier. The supplier manages its project with SupplyOn.
Are you already EDI-enabled? Does direct data exchange via your ERP system benefit you? ... Or is the web-based solution more suitable?
If you can answer the questions with "Yes", then EDI fits for you.
Budget and resources
You are willing to pay an one-time implementation fee (if not covered by your customer) as well as running costs for the usage.
You have identified the right resources for e.g. ERP/MRP, network/connectivity, mapping, business and project management.
The technical feasibility, availability and budget are confirmed for your team or your third-party provider(s).
You or your EDI service provider is able to connect via offered options and to process offered message formats.
You are able to create message out of ERP/MRP system e.g. Order response, dispatch advice, invoice or 8D report with the expected content and in the expected format.
Migration or Transformation
You are used to manage relevant processes via EDI.
*If no, efforts for implementation will increase. Our recommendation: Start using web-based process to learn and involve external experts for EDI setup.
Have you already agreed the scope with your customer? (e.g. product groups, countries, maintenance service, repair services or type of invoice documents)
Have you already agreed the process-specific customer requirements with your customer? (e.g. one or two level packing or license plate for ASN, Invoice date <= 3 days in the past)
You are able to include e.g. Plant code, OrgCode, supplier code, article number, order number and position from your ERP system to the message and the data match with the data in SupplyOn. (e.g. from demands)