Is EDI Integration will move to the cloud

  February 28, 2012       By Ray Atia
Integration is becoming more acceptable to companies that implement cloud computing and SAAS. The first indicators are companies that are now implementing electronic data interchange (EDI) services on clouds. Although the EDI technology is older than the internet itself, it is still fairly popular. More companies are now integrating cloud-based service with Retail EDI. Amosoft now has the ability to provide EDI over a cloud. According to an article by the company, their technology is already being used by supply chain SAAS Company, Amosoft EDI Services. Amosoft EDI services is already utilizing the technology to connect its warehouse management system seamlessly to many clients. This enables them to do away with costly value added network (VAN) services. This is an indication of a change coming to the longstanding hold that VANs have had on transmission of electronic data. Most VANs fails to address the question of data security over such an infrastructure. Amosoft remarks that using the cloud to deliver to Retails is much quicker, scalable and easier. Its also enabling use of 21st century technology to increase efficiency. Companies are now saying that the use of Amosofts EDI solution has improved sales and reduced development times. Another indicator that cloud integration is increasingly popular is a recent study by 565 IT professionals in Canada and the US. The survey indicates, among other things, that: 7 out of every 10 IT decision makers already implemented cloud computing on some level and planned to increase their solutions that are available on the cloud. Of all the respondents, 62% are considering or have considered cloud computing. After being asked what would make them consider cloud computing in a differently, 32% said better integration and 33% said maturity. Even though integration was evidently an issue for people regarding cloud computing, the percentage was low compared to other concerns. The report suggests that 26% of people are concerned about legacy/integration. Security is of great concern being cited by 46% of the respondents. 39% of the people indicated that there was loss of control after adopting cloud-based services. 32% cited the current investment in infrastructure and 31% said they had concerns with performance.