As more and more enterprises look to find new ways to modernize their environment and evolve to best meet the needs of their digital ecosystems, one of the hardest parts is finding adequate staff that are properly trained.
The growth of cloud computing has rewritten the rules for EDI integration software deployment as well as service consumption models. Businesses continue to migrate applications, connections, data, and integration to the cloud, including EDI. However, the need for good talent within an IT department is as high as it’s ever been.
Staffing on-premise resources is often competitive as well as quite expensive. The truly homegrown EDI solutions are often so complex that there is only a single in-house expert that truly understands how it all works. EDI modernization could also mean outsourcing your EDI workflows to experts as an integration center of excellence, which enables you to focus more on business goals and less on the minutiae of managing integrations.
The Skills to Manage Your EDI Are Becoming Scarce
Do you have the resources to effectively support EDI integration, and do you even want to? As many as 29% of businesses say that they lack the skilled resources to build and manage integrations between systems, applications, and partner ecosystems. IT skills and tech skills, generals, are integral to doing business. But the issue is that there are only so many qualified IT pros to go around and that the cost of an integration skills shortage is far from insignificant.
A lack of cloud skills cost businesses up to $258 million annually, according to the London School of Economics. Cloud computing is designed to provide elasticity, flexibility, and save enterprises money, but companies without the correct internal resources in place to handle migrations, cloud service adoption, and a cloud-first IT strategy will be unlikely to modernize critical EDI processes to the cloud unscathed.
That’s why outsourcing has proved to be such a viable alternative. Partnering with external IT companies reduces costs, overhead, and provides 24/7 coverage that understaffed and short-skilled IT and integration competency centers cannot. Outsourcing EDI integration skills means that competency is no longer an internal requirement for staff. This increases the reliability of digital business transactions, and provides more control over support and services engagement required to ensure successful migration and maintenance.
The Best Bet for Your EDI Modernization Project
Cleo Integration Cloud bridges the gap from traditional EDI models to make sure you have full connectivity, visibility, and support for non-standard document syntaxes. This modernized EDI platform provides the flexibility, scalability, and comprehensive end-to-end processing power that’s critical to business today.
Cleo Integration Cloud streamlines how you connect and integrate EDI data across your multi-enterprise supply chain. Extend dataflows to integrate into core applications and expand your online presence with seamless eCommerce and marketplace integration. Whether you need EDI on-premise or in the cloud — Cleo helps you optimize EDI integration and ramp up business process efficiency for fully-realized supply chain performance.
The next generation of business growth will be driven by successful ecosystem integration powered by modern EDI approaches.