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BizTalk Server EDI
What is EDI?
Electronic data interchange is a set of standards to control the exchange of business documents, such as purchase orders and invoices, between computers. Businesses can use EDI to ensure that the documents they exchange are interpreted correctly, regardless of the platforms or internal applications they use. Because EDI enables electronic documents to move from one computer to another without human intervention, it is faster, less expensive, and more accurate than exchanging paper documents.
How does BizTalk work with EDI?

Many companies today use electronic data interchange (EDI) to exchange business documents. Microsoft® BizTalkTM  Server can help both large businesses that currently use EDI and smaller businesses that do not exchange documents electronically, but want to trade with these larger businesses.

BizTalk Server can help companies currently using EDI to enhance and leverage their capabilities by:

Enabling enterprise application integration (EAI) by automating the exchange of internal business data
Creating new relationships with smaller trading partners by enabling the exchange of electronic documents with companies that choose to use EDI or other formats such as XML and flat files
Providing both a cost-effective solution and one that grows with your business
How can we help your organization to implement EDI?

BizTalk EDI Configuration Management: In our experience, the largest single source of problems and frustration for most BizTalk users, has been due to improper configuration management practices. In addition to BizTalk Messaging (BTM) objects, other resources including WMI objects, specifications, maps, XLANG schedules, web sites, custom components, file folders, message queues, may also be essential to a working Biztalk configuration and must be managed effectively.

BizTalk EDI Concepts and ComponentsA correct understanding of EDI document structure and syntax, the role of envelopes, and best practices for designing and managing EDI interchanges and transactions, can help your organization use BizTalk components more effectively for EDI.

Advanced EDI Parsing, Serializing, and Mapping Techniques: EDI documents have special characteristics regarding datatypes, loop structures, sequence, and conditional node processing which are handled by parsers and serializers. Unfortunately, the BizTalk EDI and HIPAA parsers are closed source components, whose treatment cannot be modified. Additional components such as custom pre-processors and post-processors, or special maps must be employed to handle unsupported requirements, or custom parsing and serializing components must be substituted.

Mapping EDI BizTalk Document Specifications: Many EDI documents cannot be successfully validated in the BizTalk Editor, due to complications during the parsing and serializing stages, which can affect the mapping stage as well. We can show you how the BizTalk Mapper can be more effectively used to troubleshoot validation problems, and because EDI document specifications tend to be quite large, also demonstrate techniques for simplifying complex functoid linking.