IPNet Launches EDI University

Free online resource offers help for companies needing to use Internet EDI

Newport Beach, CA — March 26, 2003 — Supply chain connectivity specialist IPNet Solutions has launched a free online resource devoted to education around electronic data interchange (EDI).

IPNet said that its EDI University is intended to help companies that are being encouraged to use Internet EDI by their trading partners. EDI University will also offer resources to help keep experienced EDI users up-to-date on current industry trends and events, the solution provider said.

The online resource center features individual sections devoted to beginning, intermediate and advanced EDI users. Subjects range from "What is EDI?" to "About Web Services," and interactive offerings give new EDI candidates the ability to experience Internet EDI first-hand. Visitors will also find information on industry standards, including AS1/AS2, UCCnet, CPFR and ebXML.

"Many suppliers are responding to their large customers by adopting Internet EDI as a means of improving business processes and increasing profitability," said Colleen Edwards, vice president of marketing for IPNet Solutions. "The challenge is, many other suppliers don't have experience with EDI and need to become educated quickly."

EDI University will help solve some of the mysteries of Internet EDI for the new user, Edwards said. She added that visitors to the site can ask questions via e-mail.

"Internet EDI usage throughout the supply chain has become an accelerating priority for many leading retailers including Dollar General," commented Dennis Krautsack, senior director of information services for Dollar General, a $6.1 billion retailer with more than 6,100 stores. "IPNet once again fulfills its role of market leader by providing a user-friendly forum to help educate the market and speed benefit achievement."