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Introduction to EDI (Electronic Data Interchange)

Computer systems first developed the ability to exchange data in the 1960s when Ed Guilbert, the father of EDI, developed an electronic message format for sending cargo information.  The first EDI messages were Telex messages exchanged in 1965 between shipping companies. At the time, in roughly 2 minutes, a full page of information could be sent. After loading them to tape, these messages could be accessed by computers.  In 1968, electronic messages in varied formats were being exchanged by various companies in the transportation industry, which necessitated the formation of the Transportation Data Coordination Committee (TDCC), which released the first…

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