While on the surface, there are few economic or strategic reasons for organizations to persist with electronic data interchange (EDI), many seem reluctant to adopt the alternative at this stage. In fact, there has been almost negligible growth in the number of organizations replacing their
EDI-based systems with XML.
that are driving these electronic data interchange (EDI) requests, it is the middle-market distributors and manufacturers that fill their shelves. After serving as spokes within an EDI hub, some of these same, mid-market companies might be looking to achieve further efficiencies, and a more substantial payback on their initial EDI investment by, in turn, promoting electronic document exchange within their own, lower-tier supplier base. What is good for the goose should be good for the gander , and,