Successful EDI implementations must begin with the development and employment of proper naming conventions and best practices. Too often a company will make hasty decisions in an effort to implement an EDI customer quickly only to find that good practices were not put to use and the bad habits are then continued for all remaining EDI implementations.
When mapping, it is important to develop and standardize in-house naming conventions that can be used for all maps. This will help to identify maps and keep them organized. One recommendation is to use some variation or reference to the trading partner the map will be used for. Other suggestions may include using the document type, version, or division references in conjunction with the trading partner name. By using some of these methods in your map naming you will make it easier to identify the purpose of the map. Continue reading