Compare CovalentWorks to Other EDI Vendors
CovalentWorks leads the industry in providing superior results for small companies that need to do business with large companies using EDI. Our all-inclusive package includes everything clients need to reliably exchange EDI transactions with their customers.
Weeding through the clutter
With so many EDI vendors offering a wide range of products and pricing, it can be difficult and confusing to weed through the clutter. Why choose one company over another? It all depends on what level of service and value will suit you best.
The following table shows 16 differences between CovalentWorks' and other EDI vendors. The summary of the table is that CovalentWorks provides a complete turnkey solution with no surprises at a great value. You pay less and get more.
|Comparison Item||CovalentWorks||EDI Software Company||Other Internet EDI Vendors|
|1. Software||web based, no software to install or maintain, software, maps and all other components needed for a complete solution are delivered via the internet from the cloud||buy separately, installation and update maintenance required, operating system change will trigger need for upgrade installation||may require installation and maintenance of "plug ins" or other software components|
|2. Hardware||no hardware to buy, use any PC, tablet or smart phone with internet access, any browser under any operating system supported||PC or server required, hardware failure affects reliability||usually works with a browser on a PC although some browser types may not be supported, tablet and smart phone may not be supported|
|3. Ease of Use||makes EDI as easy as email® for small businesses and their big customers, features designed based on experience with thousands of small business clients who trade with large companies||varies||varies, some still use faxes|
|4. Implementation Time||implementation in 2 to 5 business days in most cases||may be more difficult to predict, will require your staff to understand EDI and work with your customers' technical EDI staff||varies, may be difficult to predict|
|5. Transaction Mapping||all transaction types included for both ANSI X-12 and EDIFACT standards*||do it yourself or buy separately and install maps, a unique map will be needed for every transaction type with every partner||additional transaction types frequently cost extra|
|6. Number of Trading Partners Supported||160,000, any trading partner anywhere supported, no fee per month per partner||do it yourself or buy expensive modules for each new trading partner||list of trading partners may be limited, may have "premium" trading partners that cost considerably more initially and monthly|
|7. Trading Partner Testing||included||do it yourself||may cost extra|
|8. Maintenance and Monitoring||included, changes to trading partner EDI specifications included, new software features included and installed automatically in the cloud, 24 X 7 monitoring and troubleshooting included||usually extra cost, do it yourself monitoring and troubleshooting||may cost extra, may not include 24 x 7 oversight|
|9. VAN Service, AS/2, FTP||VAN, AS/2, FTP included||extra cost||may cost extra, may have "premium" trading partners|
|10. GS1-128 (formerly called UCC-128) Bar Code Labels, Packing Slips, Pick Lists||included at no extra charge||extra cost||extra cost in most cases|
|11. "Cloud" Internet Access||any PC, tablet or smart phone anywhere with Internet access||limited to one computer within your network, more access may require implementation of complicated security||may be limited to one computer, may not support any browser, may require installation of and updates to "plug ins"|
|12. Number of Users||unlimited, includes secure access for any authorized warehouse, 3PL, sales, operations, logistics and accounting personnel||extra cost for each user||may cost extra|
|13. Service||included, personalized service provided by U.S. based Client Service Manager, call or email anytime||extra cost||varies widely|
|14. Training and Support||included, dedicated Client Service Manager responsible for client results, call or email anytime, comprehensive online tutorial center with instructions and videos||may cost extra, may have limited support hours||may cost extra, may have limited support hours|
|15. Contract Length||month to month||frequently long-term contract||frequently long-term contract|
|16. Pricing||simple, predictable, all-inclusive, flexible, no "plan" to choose, no fee per user, no fee per EDI partner (i.e. no fee per EDI customer), free ready-to-print shipping labels, free support, you get more and pay less||buy each piece separately||may charge extra monthly fees that can quickly become expensive such as additional fees per every transaction and monthly fees per trading partner, per user, per label etc., Monthly fees may be hard to understand|
*Mapping for all transaction types is included for any partner located anywhere in the world.