Guest Blog Series | SPS Commerce





Microsoft Dynamics GP is a vital tool for your business, but did you know that it can become even more valuable solution? When Microsoft Dynamics GP is integrated with EDI, you can automate your supply chain to gain efficiencies, cut costs and scale your business.

What is EDI?

EDI stands for Electronic Data Interchange. EDI is a combination of both a system and processes that gives businesses the capability of exchanging documents and transactional communications among trading partners in an electronic format. For example, a retailer can send a purchase order (PO) to a vendor digitally through EDI rather than send a paper document or fax. Through the power of automation, all documents are standardized to every trading partner, receiving exactly the information they need, in the format they require.

A wide variety of business and transactional documents can be standardized and exchanged via EDI:

  • Invoices
  • Purchase orders (POs)
  • Credit adjustments
  • Purchase order acknowledgements (POAs)
  • Purchase order changes
  • Advanced ship notices (ASNs)
  • And more

EDI automation reduces or eliminates the need for paper documents and prevents transactions from getting lost in processing. It can eliminate manual data entry and processing needs, along with decreasing expensive human errors, as well as defend against improper documentation and fraud.

Integrated EDI automation helps with the complex order management cycles associated with an omnichannel retail strategy.  EDI can help facilitate communication of orders, from the moment they are received through whatever fulfillment model is required — a shipment sent to an end consumer, a trading partner customer, sent from a retailer’s distribution center, drop shipped from a vendor and other methods.

SPS Commerce EDI and Dynamics GP

SPS Commerce and Microsoft Dynamics GP are a match made in the cloud. In fact, Microsoft Dynamics GP was an ERP SPS began working with very early in the company’s EDI transformation.

SPS Commerce was the pioneer in cloud-based EDI, redefining and disrupting a market that was traditionally served by on-site, in-house EDI departments. Over the years, SPS Commerce products have moved beyond EDI as well, becoming experts at software and system integrations, analytics, item sourcing and product content management capabilities. SPS now offer solutions for retailers, suppliers, distributors, grocers and 3PLs/logistics. As a result, our network of trading partners is the largest in the business, with more than 70,000 connections worldwide.

More than 1,000 Microsoft Dynamics GP users trust SPS Commerce with their EDI needs. SPS has been working with Dynamics GP for over 17 years, developing an expertise in how to smoothly implement integrations. Our dedicated support teams keep GP users connected to all of their trading partners, including 3PLs, brokers, carriers and other supply chain partners.

Furthermore, SPS Commerce solutions can connect your Dynamics GP system to more tools within your business. Silos that exist between your ERP, WMS, CMS and other systems can be eliminated with an integrated EDI solution from SPS.

Curious to learn more about what to expect when you integrate Dynamics GP with EDI? Click here!

Ready to automate processes within your order management system and supply chain? SPS Commerce is ready to help you with your Microsoft Dynamics GP system.


Author Bio:

Theresa Putzier, Sr. Channel Manager, SPS Commerce

Theresa manages Microsoft Dynamics partnerships for SPS Commerce, the leading cloud provider of EDI services focusing on omnichannel retail supply chains. Her passion is developing lasting business relationships with ERP implementation partners, VARs, ISV’s and SaaS providers, specializing in Dynamics GP.