VAN Consolidation and Optimization

Learn how consolidating to a single value-added network and digitizing manual procedures can help streamline operations and free up resources to optimize and future-proof B2B operations

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Whether embracing trading partner mandates, expanding technical capability needs or through acquisitions, companies find themselves with a tangled, complex EDI VAN ecosystem. In addition to constant connection updates, multiple networks mean multiple EDI VAN provider contracts to maintain, resources to deploy and a lack of centralized visibility into transaction data.

OpenText™ solutions companies can consolidate their EDI VAN services to not only streamline processes but reduce operational costs, get the visibility for proactive business decisions and access a full array of modern B2B capabilities to future-proof their business.

Key benefits of VAN consolidation

Consolidate to one value-added network for a strong technological backbone to withstand and thrive despite volatile market conditions and future uncertainties.

  • Reduce complexity to increase value

    Easily implement and maintain a single EDI VAN for a seamless system to avoid the cost of disruption and lower the cost of operations.

  • Increase security

    Reduce entry points with a single value-added network to fortify data with a secure data infrastructure and processes.

  • Future-proof operations

    Access services and capabilities that may otherwise be cost-prohibitive with a single EDI VAN that employs ongoing innovation to support changing protocols, standards, security rules and business needs with a single contract.

  • Improve strategic decision-making

    Improve data accuracy and increase visibility into all transactions to avoid disruptions, mitigate risk and make better business decisions faster.

  • Minimize sustainability concerns

    Leverage a single EDI VAN for a clearer view into all touchpoints throughout the supply chain to ensure Ethical and Social Governance compliance.

Impact of consolidation

  • Single value-added network infrastructure

    Acquisitions often come with a new set of systems to integrate into the supply chain. Connecting systems adds complexity and risk to the current VAN ecosystem. Future-proof with a single EDI VAN provider designed to meet growing needs.

  • Fast and easy onboarding

    Onboarding trading partners diversifies production and sourcing. Multiple VANs require different processes and testing that slow things down. Remove bottlenecks and improve time-to-market with a single EDI VAN, pre-connected to key trading partners.

  • Ease workloads

    Finding and retaining staff to maintain EDI VANs can be more challenging than maintenance itself. With multiple systems, additional resources are needed to cover each system. Reduce resource constraints and minimize hassle with a single system.

  • Visibility, security and automation improvements

    Outdated EDI systems lack innovative capabilities to streamline and automate business processes. Access to those capabilities can prove cost-prohibitive. Leverage the advanced features of a modern EDI VAN to improve efficiency, visibility and security.

  • Trading mandate compliance

    Trading partners often mandate specific exchange processes, many with slight variances. Not all EDI VANs have the capabilities to meet each global requirement, requiring multiple systems. Encompass a range of requirements in a single solution.

  • Easy, comprehensive reporting

    Supply chain leaders need a full report of transactions flowing through the supply chain. Compiling data and statistics from individual EDI VANs is labor intensive and leaves room for manual error. Get a single comprehensive report of all data.

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Frequently asked questions

An EDI value added network (VAN) is a secure network that allows for the exchange of EDI (electronic data interchange) documents between business partners.

An EDI VAN operates as an intermediary between organizations where documents and data can be transmitted. This simplifies the communication process by enabling communication directly through the value-added network service.

Choose an EDI value-added network provider with scalable cloud EDI solutions that can integrate with a wide variety of systems and networks. These value-added network features enable seamless data exchange while ensuring your EDI VAN solution can grow with your business.

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