The Effects of Electronic Commerce on Changing the Face of business
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The limits to what can be done with Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) are virtually boundless. It is the excitement of the unknown and the awesome scope of EDI that piqued my interest in this infant industry and have led to the successful completion of this project. We begin by presenting the typical flow of business without the use of EDI. Then a history of the technology is presented. It is this section that first introduced the reader to the difficulties that result from the lack of standardization. Part One ends with a description of the current Electronic Commerce systems. Part Two talks about the development of the ANSI X12 standards and the basic EDI architecture. Talking about how the technology works leads into different ways of performing EDI. In-house software is compared to turnkey software,followed by a discussion of the possible third-party solutions to getting started. Following the technical discussion, the positive and negative aspects of using EDI and some statistics highlighting various industry-wide growth prospects are given. Part Three gives examples of how three different companies successfully use EDI everyday in their businesses.