EDI is the exchange of business data in a standardized format between business computer systems.
EDI represents a fundamental change in the way companies transact business. It replaces paper-intensive functions with efficient electronic transactions and eliminates the need for printing and mailing business information. By using standard formats and languages, the computerized data can be electronically transmitted between two companies and interpreted automatically.
The process of sending data via EDI requires a series of steps on the part of the sending and receiving partners (known as Trading Partners). Once the foundation of your EDI message is defined, most of these steps will be either automated or proceduralized.
Pacific Gas and Electric Company presently utilizes Value Added Networks (VAN's) for EDI Outbound 810 billing transactions. We also have the ability to utilize EDI over the internet connectivity for EDI Outbound and Inbound 814 and 867 transactions to Energy Service Providers.