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Why Should On-Premise EDI Customers Move to the Cloud?

Adam Hughes
Why On Premise EDI Customers Should Migrate to Cloud

Whether you are in the manufacturing, logistics, or wholesale industry, you know how critical it is to have visibility throughout your EDI transactions. And for those that continue to rely on on-premise and legacy EDI, you’ve also likely considered a move to the cloud, but for one reason or another, haven’t done so.

By remaining on-premise, there is a plethora of challenges that enterprises like yours, across different industries and geographies, need to manage in order to remain efficient and best serve the members of your digital ecosystem, from customers to trading partners. However, by migrating to the cloud, those challenges are not only simplified, but in some cases, completely eliminated.

Challenge #1 – Reduced IT/EDI Resources

Companies everywhere are faced with a reduction in IT resources, yet still need to manage their platform, perform system upgrades, and guarantee security. Companies also have fewer EDI resources to manage every facet of B2B integration. By migrating to the cloud, companies can eliminate the need for managing their infrastructure themselves, while leveraging a SOC 2 Type 2 compliant and secure environment. Enterprises can even leverage a blend of managed service and self-service so they don’t have to give up control entirely if desired.

Challenge #2 – Limited Operations Resources

Enterprises everywhere are also dealing with limited operations resources to manage day-to-day duties. Migrating your EDI integration technology to a cloud platform provides enhanced visibility so, even if you do have a small team, it can still be much more effective. Leveraging a managed service and support team will effectively act as an extension of your in-house team.

Challenge #3 – Lack of Visibility

A sharp, keen focus on supply chain technical logs simply just doesn’t cut it. Nowadays, senior leadership within companies desire a view into the status of the supply chain at a very high level, something that is very hard to deliver when remaining on-premise. Fortunately, a cloud integration platform provides those types of dashboards and persona-based views. These dashboards are native within the cloud and don’t require any extra effort by your team to build and maintain.

Challenge #4 – Complex Data Patterns

Managed file-transfer is a technology that is essential to enabling file-based integration processes between applications and in multi-enterprise B2B patterns. Remaining on-premise means your existing platform either doesn’t support highly important use cases (such as expanded EDI needs, new non-EDI file types, or API integrations) or your teams aren’t quite equipped to implement and manage them. A cloud platform not only has all of these capabilities, but is solidly backed by an expert team to assist quickly.

Challenge #5 – Onboarding Efficiently

It’s no secret – enterprises must be able to onboard quickly and efficiently if they are going to conduct business the way they need to, and keep pace with digital transformation. Legacy processes simply do not have the needed flexibility for companies to get trading partners up and running in a timely manner. In 2020, as things change seemingly by the minute, companies need to react to evolving market trends by onboarding partners in a matter of days, not weeks and months. A modernized cloud platform enables this both through more effective tools and through managed service If by chance in-house teams cannot handle the bandwidth, or are better utilized on more strategic tasks.

It’s Time to Modernize

Modern EDI solutions can bring increased agility into an enterprise’s traditional EDI processes. EDI modernization extends B2B integration and automation capabilities beyond that which traditional EDI that companies have grown accustomed to can deliver. Quite frankly, legacy EDI cannot provide the necessary visibility across the entire B2B integration process, from the format, transformation, and movement of data to the elegant orchestration that today’s modern enterprise truly requires.

Cleo Integration Cloud elevates your EDI integration processes and streamlines your B2B communications. Cleo Integration Cloud helps automate your EDI processes in order to connect, transform, and route your EDI and non-EDI transactions through your ecosystem without piling on the custom code.

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