Data from Existing Computer Sources
Many times, the information that needs to be captured already exists in a company's computer. The opportunity to is select a method of collecting the data with the least amount of disruption to existing business practices.
EC Dynamics provides several data collection options that take advantage of technology and leverage your existing information.
The use of ODBC
drivers and a "Select Statement" allows a user to pull shipment data
directly from existing internal systems. Using the ODBC link, files and
databases are accessed in real time, reflecting current status of
transactions. There is no need to write files for export. An optional
intermediate step allows the user to select specific shipments for
additional editing before sending the data to another party. The ODBC link
can be run from within the EC Global Dynamics TranSendIT system or via a web based interface. Once the data is captured, it can be edited prior to transmission.
Using a Data File
A data file
containing the information is generated from the client system
using their home grown script. The file can be supplied to the EC Dynamics web server for processing using one or more of these methods: Excel or ASCII Files
Once the data is received, it can be edited and reformatted to match the needs of the companies receiving the data.
- the EC
Global Dynamics TranSendIT system
- Web based import interface
- as an Email attachment
- as an FTP file transfer
Many companies are able to create spreadsheets if "flat" files containing the desired information. In fact, many of the reports that are printed and faxed or emailed between companies are Excel files. The EDI-Link automates the creation of the data files directly from the Excel or flat files that are currently being produced. The EDI-Link "pulls" the data from the files in any of four ways:
- By emailing the file(s) to the EC Dynamics web server
- As the file is being printed using the EC Dynamics EDI-Link Print Driver
- By printing the forms to a PDF file, then emailing the PDF file to the EC Dynamics web server
- By printing the file to a PDF file, then posting the PDF file to the internet via the EC Dynamics upload page