For Companies that Prefer to Manage Their Own EDI Environment
Implementing EDI software behind a company firewall is sometimes the preferred option. This approach assumes that a company has the correct internal resources to be able to implement the software and maintain it on an ongoing basis. Implementing electronic data interchange software will require resources that can understand how to map between different document types, how to onboard or connect to business partners and possibly provide integration to other business applications such as accounting packages or ERP software.
Once the software has been installed, IT resources will be required to maintain it on an ongoing basis. This will include upgrading the software environment when required.
Many companies, especially smaller-sized businesses, may not have the internal IT resources to manage their own EDI environment and for this reason they will choose to use hosted- or Software-as-a-Service-based EDI offerings instead.