Deploying an on-premise EDI solution entails a company having to set aside areas to install the physical and logical architecture required to implement its B2B EDI infrastructure.
Installation involves commissioning servers and machinery to process the parts of a complete EDI platform, which may include translation and message-mapping tools, dedicated data-integration solutions or communication services to administer the protocols used to send and receive the EDI transactions exchanged with your trading partner community.
They can be highly complex installations, particularly in the case of companies with large volumes of B2B EDI exchanges or ones which may also even require specific compliance capabilities to align the transactions managed with the fiscal requirements of a tax authority on e-invoicing matters.
This, together with the critical nature of the transactions handled from these installations, generally involve having to earmark a significant amount of physical and human resources to ensuring the uninterrupted operation of all the EDI infrastructure housed onsite.
All of these factors explain the growing trend of taking on B2B EDI projects in SaaS mode, outsourcing all necessary technical infrastructure to a service provider, along with the developments and maintenance work to implement in the different applications involved in the rollout of a customer's EDI solution. It is also possible to implement management services usually known as EDI outsourcing in these SaaS solutions. This involves delegating EDI solution set-up, admin and monitoring tasks to a service provider as well as work on incident tracking, communication failures, protocol settings and GLNs (global location numbers).