I am curious as to why you use both Lanham EDI and Gentran. Is there a need to use something besides Lanham to do communications? I am brand new to this whole process and trying to get an idea as to what will be needed. We're implementing Navision shortly with Lanham EDI/E-Ship and if there are other considerations I'd truly appreciate some insight :)
Lanham recommends Lexicom by Cleo Communications to do the EDI communcation. And everything else is done through Navision.
Lanham EDI definately eliminates the need to support multiple softwares such as:EDI TranslatorBarcode printing softwareShipping software
One draw back from Lanham EDI is that it's resource intensive. We have a client that has 15 EDI partners and there are performance issues when processing the orders.
Thanks for the info regarding Gentran.
I am a little hesitant to use Cleo software for communications, mostly because of past experiences with it. Our VAR stated that AS2 was supported native, is this true? Or does Lanham EDI require external software to handle the communications? Are there other comm protocols it can support?
Sorry to ask so much, but the info I have been able to get from Lanhan's site is pretty sketchy.
Navision does not handle AS/2 communication native. You need a communication software in send/receive data using AS/2.
You do not need Cleo software, you just need a communication software that send and receive raw EDI files and is able to communciate using AS/2 and with the VANs.
The Lanham product reads directly from the raw EDI file. Most communication software forces you to purchase a translator software so if you find something better, let us know!
Hi. A client of mine (a distributor) has had success implementing a very straight forward tool called EDI Link by EC Dynamics. It allows them to use the PDFs their customers send them (Sales Orders) and then simply email it to their server and it emails them (the distributor) back a Navision compatible data file. They then just import it... done. Very simple and cost effective. It also works with a few other packages but they use it for Navision.
Hope that helps.