To better deliver these services, WeFi built an advanced technology platform, named ‘IZZI,’ that combines efficient transaction processing, enhanced data security and privacy, along with data analytics and reporting. Built in the cloud and featuring the latest integration technology, WeFi’s partners can access IZZI anywhere, on any device, at any time. “We process tens of thousands of transactions in seconds in our cloud environment,” said Brunelle.
As they built the IZZI platform, the WeFi team knew they would need an EDI (electronic data interchange) solution to exchange business documents such as order approvals and invoices with vendors, resellers, and other business partners. Automatically converting these documents into structured EDI data for internal applications bypasses the need to manually re-key the information, an inefficient and error-prone process. Having experience with OpenText in the past, WeFi turned to the company for a solution. “OpenText was a known quantity and I knew they were going to have the toolset we needed right out of the box,” explained Brunelle.
WeFi selected OpenText Email2EDI and uses the solution with IZZI to process thousands of transactions. The OpenText Email2EDI and Fax2EDI solutions utilize machine learning and one of the most advanced document and character recognition systems to transform emailed and faxed forms into structured EDI or XML data to capture paper-based data and populate procurement and order management applications. For WeFi, a typical transaction sees orders, approvals, and invoices moving quickly between vendors, resellers, partners, and their company. Brunelle explained, “All of those interactions had to be automated in order to be efficient. We couldn’t have someone manually entering order approval data into the system.”
Simplifying EDI for speed and satisfaction
The OpenText solution allows WeFi to quickly get new vendors operational, especially those that may not have EDI experience, “One of the things we like is that we’re able to get them going pretty quickly. There’s no heavy lifting on their part, other than to send us a sample invoice. The speed at which we can get Email2EDI up is much faster than trying to do an EDI project with the vendor.”
The benefit of a simplified onboarding process is enjoyed not only by WeFi but also by their business partners. “What’s nice about OpenText Email2EDI for clients and partners is that it’s transparent to them. They simply send an invoice via email the way they send it to anybody. We’re not asking them to do anything special, we’re not asking them to set up an EDI relationship. They like the simplicity and the ease of getting it set up,” said Brunelle.