For compacer’s global EDI Conference, 30 international experts from Finland, Austria, the UK, Switzerland, Hong Kong and further countries recently met in Amsterdam to exchange views on the latest trends in electronic data interchange, or EDI.
The keynote of Lumir Boureanu, host and CEO of EDI specialist compacer, charted the course for the expert exchange. He focused on addressing the opportunities of artificial intelligence, but also accentuated its risks. Boureanu forecasts that the advances in artificial intelligence will bring further stimuli to the EDI landscape, which is already strongly characterised by the possibilities of automation. The compacer CEO warned, however, that growth and progress in the EDI sector would have to go hand in hand with an expansion of services.
This view was confirmed by numerous conference participants in the subsequent presentation and discussion round. The experts underlined that the challenges in the EDI sector are currently strongly characterised by automated data processing as well as digital transformation. At the same time, they agreed that EDI services are a prerequisite for successfully digitalising companies.
The participants jointly identified a need to catch up, however – mainly for SMEs. Especially in the area of corporate administration, many businesses find it difficult to get their start into digitalisation right. A Digitization Capability Navigator (DCN), can help with this. They are providing a framework to give companies guidance in planning and implementing their digitalisation project. They can even help with outlining a roadmap.
The experts also addressed current trends and opportunities for further development in EDI. In this context, a major point of discussion was the exchange about AI and its evaluation. The international congress participants saw enormous potential, in particular in the targeted use of AI in the transformation of existing EDI services, for example when creating data maps. The participants concluded that while this approach seems promising, meaningful use will be severely limited without an appropriate training of data models.
The many discussions and presentations at the conference emphasised that digitalisation and the use of EDI technologies in companies will need continuous adjustments and further development. With this in mind, the participants agreed to hold such a conference in the following year, too, to share and jointly build up AI know-how for the EDI industry.