EDI as Cloud Service using Comarch ECOD

By means of the EDI platform Comarch ECOD, electronic communication between business partners is offered as a modern service from within the data center. The corresponding component for archiving, ECOD Archive, has now been certified by an auditing company.

Thus, invoices can be archived with highest level of security and at significantly lower costs than in case of an archiving solution installed on-site.

With regard to electronic exchange of business documents, such as invoices, orders, and dispatch advices, the EDI platform Comarch ECOD offers companies a broad range of services including the audit-proof archiving of exchanged documents. Recently, the component for archiving, ECOD Archive, has been certified by an auditing company.

Thus, it has been confirmed that ECOD Archive complies to full extent with archiving requirements according to Generally Accepted German Accounting Principles (GoB), German Fiscal Code (AO), and German Principles of Data Access and Auditability of digital Records (GDPdU) amongst others.

As module for audit-proof archiving, ECOD Archive allows for the saving of electronic invoices in original format and including signature, utilized certificate, validation protocol, and timestamp.

In addition, it is possible to automatically generate collective invoices from the stored invoices, to print and send them. Besides storing of “classical” electronic business documents, ECOD Archive provides functionalities to generate electronic signatures as well as qualified electronic signatures.

Our customers are able to archive their electronic documents fully automatically and in audit-proof way as well as access required data at any time irrespective of their current location,” “A further big advantage of ECOD Archive is web access for tax authorities. Because of this, in the near future the local tax office should be able to check electronic documents via Internet – explains Tobias Busch, Consulting Director in the EDI department of Comarch AG.

EDI as Cloud Service

By means of the EDI platform Comarch ECOD – Electronic Center of Documents – electronic exchange of data and documents between companies is offered as a comprehensive service. Thus, this exchange is simplified as well as accelerated. Instead of installing EDI software on-site, companies can use “EDI as a Service.” Initial data from their business applications – invoices, dispatch notifications, etc. – are sent to the Comarch Data Center. There, they are translated into the format required by the respective business partner and forwarded to this partner using the preferred communication channel.

Rather than communicating through fixed point-to-point connections, the customer communicates with a central clearing center which already has connections to relevant partners. New business partners can be connected rapidly and without any additional effort for the customer, With the help of Comarch ECOD, companies can gain advantages e.g. in supplier assessment and compatibility. They do not have to provide own resources as is the case with in-house solutions. High investment and related fixed subsequent costs can be eliminated – states Tobias Busch.

Comarch is an international provider of IT solutions regarding optimization of business processes and customer relationship management, having about 3,500 employees in 16 countries. Its headquarters is located in the Polish city of Krakуw.

The portfolio includes solutions for the telecommunications, banking, and insurance industries, the trade, and service providers as well as business software for medium-sized companies (ERP, CRM, BI, EDI, DMS/ECM). This range of products is complemented by IT infrastructure solutions, hosting, outsourcing, and cloud services.

As a full-service provider, Comarch additionally offers comprehensive implementation and integration services for its solutions. In Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, Comarch conducts business with about 400 employees in 13 locations.

Source: Comarch
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