3 Replies Latest reply on Mar 10, 2014 9:20 AM by DianeJohnson

    Using Filemaker with EDI and iDoc



      Using Filemaker with EDI and iDoc


           Hello great world of Filemaker Guru's,

           I need help figuring out what I need to learn in order to help a coworker with a business solution. I am fairly savvy using Filemaker Pro Advanced, but not so great with server solutions. They are asking me to help design a solution that will talk to a secure ftp server using EDI? And they want me to figure out how to transfer information back and forth from this external server to an internal server using iDoc? 

           I don't even know where to begin to understand this. Can someone translate to acronyms that Filemaker actually uses and translates? Is this even possible? I feel like it has to be.


        • 1. Re: Using Filemaker with EDI and iDoc

               If you obtained a webpage about their intended data source, and specifics about their destination information bank   =   confusion could be focused.

               Assuming the "EDI" acronym is the most basic one  -  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electronic_data_interchange

          Electronic data interchange (EDI) is an electronic communication system that provides standards for exchanging data via any electronic means. By adhering to the same standard, two different companies, even in two different countries, can electronically exchange documents (such as purchase orders, invoices, shipping notices, and many others). EDI has existed for more than 30 years, and there are many EDI standards (including X12, EDIFACT, ODETTE, etc.), some of which address the needs of specific industries or regions. It also refers specifically to a family of standards.

          Difference Between EDI and IDOC

          Explain to me about Idoc?

               IDoc (for intermediate document) is a standard data structure for electronic data interchange (EDI) between application programs written for the popular SAP business system or between an SAP application and an external program. IDocs serve as the vehicle for data transfer in SAP's Application Link Enabling (ALE) system.

          • 2. Re: Using Filemaker with EDI and iDoc

                 A Google for "EDI and filemaker" gives your question Link #9 (not a good sign of information being easily available)


                 Similarly a Google for "iDoc site:forums.filemaker.com"  returns very few links, mostly about a user on these forums named "iDoc"


            • 3. Re: Using Filemaker with EDI and iDoc



                   Thank you for the responses. Are there specific questions you would suggest I ask to find out the right information about the external server and the internal server? I feel like once I know what the file formats need to be I could dig deeper and understand how to get that information to flow through Filemaker Pro. You hit on one thing in your first post about invoices. They want me to find a way to access the external server to obtain information about a request for products, then that information moves through to the internal server to produce an invoice and take that information back to the external server and so on.