In our previous blogs, we covered the pitfalls of message validation. What happens when...
Learn How to Speed Up Your Team’s Daily Routines as a EDI Team Lead
When you’re working as the team lead for a group of EDI developers, life can get tough at times.
As your team consistently jumps from one project to another, they continuously find themselves wrestling with the same issues time and time again.
The usual issues in implementing EDI include compatibility assurance, cross-organization data integration, security and cost management, and outcome alignment with business requirements and goals.
When we drill deeper into these aforementioned implementation problems, we start finding trends. These trends revolve around serious repetitive tasks like teaching supply chain partners to understand the formats used (surprisingly, as there are several formats like EDIFACT, X12, CSV, AS2, TRADACOMS, and more, formats used by one enterprise might not be understood by its partners’ systems), connecting legacy systems and applications with modern applications, validating complex and hierarchical data, performing multi-layer validation of transactions and so forth.
We won’t have the possibility of tackling all of these problems at once, so let’s try to focus on a couple of them. For today’s article, my topics will revolve around two factors:
- Message validation & testing procedures
Topic Number 1 - Message Validation and Testing Procedures.
Anyone who has ever worked with EDI-based application testing knows that it’s hard manual work that consumes a number of man-hours sometimes feeling like infinity. The complex nature of the workflows makes testing a laborious job. As a team leader, your job is to keep your team as efficient and nimble as possible, right? As you oversee the tasks run & completed by your team, take a minute to survey how your team does testing.
Now, do you think you should help them minimize human work & man-hours from this, and allow your testing engineers to focus on test analysis instead? Yes?
Wow! You’re in for a treat, then. Supplying your team with a modern test automation service will help you do exactly that. One great example of a tool like this is TRUUGO. (Disclaimer: YAY, it’s our product! But still, it’s one of the best tool for this – at least what I’ve managed to find!) You’ll be able to spend much less resources through our self-service testing solutions. You’ll be able to forget unsatisfied customers because your response times will go down like crazy and instead of receiving varying test feedback, your team always gets unified results.
Topic Number 2 – Documentation
I listed a painfully extensive list of issues EDI implementation team leads’ run into if not daily, at least weekly. Working with requirements compliance and partner compatibility, data integration, and other similar issues, we keep running into the same enlightenment: documentation.
Creating documentation does several important jobs at once. Thorough, error-free documentation simultaneously creates a report of what has been done, how it’s been done, and who’s done it – and it also creates a diary for all those that follow. There’s always natural mobility inside teams where engineers change jobs, leave companies, or get assigned to other tasks even mid-projects for a multitude of reasons.
Whenever any of these scenarios take place, the project is at risk. At the risk of blowing its timeframe, budget, or success metrics. As new players come in, it takes time for them to understand how things are done.
Good, automated documentation can save you a lot of time and stress from this by supplying a unified book of instructions on how one employee is doing things vs another. But that’s not all – because almost every EDI engineer creates documentation in some form as they work.
The key to success here is two-fold: to implement a unified platform where all of the documentation is kept AND to choose a documentation platform that integrates with the tools your engineers already use for their work. By using a platform ready to integrate, you’ll be able to save massive amounts of manual labor from your engineers as they don’t need to create all of the documentation manually – instead, their tools automatically document their work as they go.
As you can probably guess already, Truugo has a built-in automated documentation platform. It’s already integrated with a great set of tools to make your everyday work more time-efficient, cost-efficient, and just… Better.
We love talking about all things EDI so if you’d like to chat with us about this topic or any other EDI related field, please hit us up through our website or to learn more about Truugo, you can also book a free 30-minute talk our expert in (J)Edi, Juha Ikävalko.
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