Data Masons is EDI made simpler with Dynamics AX

Data Masons offers the only Certified by Microsoft EDI solution for Dynamics AX, Dynamics 365 for Finance and Supply Chain:  Vantage Point.   Vantage Point’s deep integration and rich feature set extends the capabilities of Dynamics AX 7, AX 2012 R3, AX 2012, AX 2009, AX 3, AX 2.5. Vantage Point connects our manufacturing and distribution customers and AX to all potential external partner relationships:

  • Customers
  • Vendors
  • Carriers – Rail, Motor Carrier and Ocean
  • Third Party Logistics (Public Warehouse)
  • Banks and Factors
  • Brokers
  • Customs Agencies

Contact our sales team to find out how your company can save labor costs and reduce errors by implementing Data Mason’s Vantage Point for EDI.

Why Partner with Clients First and Data Masons?

With Vantage Point EDI, Data Masons handles all EDI compliance requirements. Labeling, maps and ongoing compliance changes are delivered direct to your company with no hassles. Our trading partner “kits” are delivered with everything you need to begin transacting with your business partners immediately. This means you can focus on your business – not on EDI compliance.  Clients First has tremendous experience implementing Vantage Point with our Dynamics AX customers.  Ask us how we have saved our customers on labor costs and reduced errors.

Unmatched scalability

Whether you need hundreds or thousands of orders processed a day, Vantage Point EDI for Dynamics AX satisfies customers with unparalleled scalability.

Simple implementation

Unlike other solutions, a Vantage Point EDI implementation is a setup process rather than an expensive, risk-filled project. Once implemented, EDI integration for Dynamics AX is completed with the least number of steps and the fewest screens possible. The result is optimized performance, less work, and fewer errors.

Other benefits include

  • Support for Application Integration Framework (AIF)
  • One low maintenance fee covers all software and support including updates for new Dynamics AX releases
  • Native RFID support
  • EDI information is visible in Dynamics AX so customer service representatives can easily track EDI shipment information and answer questions quickly
  • Vantage Point EDI Supply Chain Edition enables your company to create your own trading partner network and send EDI purchase orders out and receive ASN/Invoices – a technology that produces a huge ROI
  • Supports virtual company scenarios
  • Requires little or no Dynamics AX customization for a completely integrated EDI solution

What is EDI?

Electronic commerce (EC) is the use of documents in electronic form, rather than paper, for carrying out functions of business or government that require interchange of information, obligations, or monetary value between organizations. Electronic data interchange (EDI) is the computer-to-computer transmission of strictly formatted messages that represent documents; EDI is an essential component of EC.

Common EDI Terms and Definitions:

ANSI — American National Standards Institute: the organization set up to define, maintain, and coordinate standards in the United States. Data processing standards are supervised by committees which are named X followed by a number as an identifier; e.g., ASC X9 is the banking data encryption committee.

ASCII — American Standard Code for Information Interchange. A standard binary notation for numbers, letters, and control characters. ASCII is the basic communication method of computing.

direct link — Communication between two trading partners where the message is transmitted, usually through a modem, directly from one computer to the other computer.

EFT — Electronic funds transfer; the generic term for sending payment instructions over a computer network.

Electronic mailbox — A designated holding location for electronic messages. The mailbox can either be on the user’s computer or, as is more common, on a third party network (VAN).

Flat file — A data file in prescribed fixed-field format; e.g., ASCII or EBCDIC.

Interchange — An electronic exchange between two business partners. The interchange is indicated by an interchange control header and an interchange control trailer. It is comparable to an outer envelope in paper transmissions.

ISA — Interchange control header; identifies the beginning of an interchange of one or more functional groups and interchange-related control segments. ISO — International Standards Organization; an organization with the UN to which all national and other standards-setting bodies defer. Encompasses the Open System Interconnect (OSI) seven-layer model that enables all networks and computers to communicate freely.

Mapping — Is the process of taking data from a company-specific format and fitting it to the EDI standard format (transaction set). mapping software — Software that is designed to perform the mapping process.

NIST — U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Third party network — A service provider that serves as a clearinghouse. Will normally provide both mailbox and value added services such as translation of data from one format to another. Also known as a VAN. trading partner— Any company or organization with whom another company (or organization) is doing business. EDI links trading partners electronically.

Transaction set — In EDI standards, the name given to a complete trading document sent electronically. A transaction set is an EDI document. translation software — Software used to take data from a vendor-specific flat file and into an EDI standard format.

Value added network (VAN) — A third party network performing services beyond the transmission of data. For example, VANs provide translation, training, and encryption services.

Clients First Successes
with Data Mason’s EDI

Customer Success: Hundreds of drop shipments are received via EDI daily and automatically billed and invoiced.  No operator invention is required saving the company countless hours!

Customer Success: Integrated Amazon’s ASN (advanced ship notice) with the picking of the sales orders to automatically send the ASNs to Amazon using Data Mason’s EDI.

Document Numbers & Terminology Used in EDI Transactions
180 >> Return Merchandise Authorization and Notification
810 >> Invoice
832 >> Price/Sales Catalog
846 >> Inventory Inquiry/Advice
850 >> Purchase Order
855 >> Purchase Order Acknowledgment
856 >> Ship Notice/Manifest
857 >> Shipment and Billing Notice
860 >> Purchase Order Change Request – Buyer Initiated
865 >> Purchase Order Change Acknowledgment/Request – Seller Initiated
888 >> Item Maintenance
840 >> Request for Quotation
843 >> Response to Request for Quotation
845 >> Price Authorization Acknowledgment/Status
847 >> Material Claim
851 >> Asset Schedule
878 >> Product Authorization/De-authorization
879 >> Price Information
893 >> Item Information Request
828 >> Debit Authorization
829 >> Payment Cancellation Request
831 >> Application Control Totals
859 >> Freight Invoice
980 >> Functional Group Totals
830 >> Planning Schedule with Release Capability
844 >> Product Transfer Account Adjustment
846 >> Inventory Inquiry/Advice
849 >> Response to Product Transfer Account Adjustment
852 >> Product Activity Data
861 >> Receiving Advice/Acceptance Certificate
866 >> Production Sequence
867 >> Product Transfer and Resale Report
869 >> Order Status Inquiry
870 >> Order Status Report
894 >> Delivery/Return Base Record
895 >> Delivery/Return Acknowledgment or Adjustment
853 >> Routing and Carrier Instruction
854 >> Shipment Delivery Discrepancy Information
856 >> Ship Notice/Manifest
857 >> Shipment and Billing Notice
858 >> Shipment Information
862 >> Shipping Schedule
882 >> Direct Store Delivery Summary Information
864 >> Text Message
868 >> Electronic Form Structure
996 >> File Transfer
997 >> Functional Acknowledgment
998 >> Set Cancellation
999 >> Implementation Acknowledgment