Journal of International Information Management


Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) is the electronic transmission or movement of business data, information and documents from one business'computer system to another system in a standardized format. This movement is in a structured data format that permits data to be transferred without rekeying from a computer-supported business application in one location to another such system elsewhere. This technologically advanced mode of business transactions is fast becoming the operating "norm" for many areas of the business world. EDI is not electronic mail or FAX. They do not generate computer-processable information. EDI is not an application; it performs no business transactions and it generates no information. EDI integrated into a company's business system creates direct information-processing links between business. The paper addresses the applications of EDI and looks at possible impact on information quality.