DES PLAINES, IL, March, 1998-Endeavor Information Systems Inc. announced today that Blackwell's Information Services, one of the UK's largest suppliers of print and electronic information to the library community, now offers electronic invoicing for users of Endeavor's Voyager automated library system.
Electronic invoices will be offered free of charge to all Blackwell's customers using the Voyager system.
Loading invoices electronically greatly reduces the amount of time and effort library staff spend in manually transferring invoice data into their library system. This has the added benefit of eliminating keying errors and frees up valuable staff time.
Transmission of an electronic invoice is via FTP across the Internet and conforms to the EDIFACT EDI (Electronic Data Interchange) standard.
Blackwell's has recognized the importance of EDI and has worked closely with standards committees, library system vendors and libraries to develop an automated system of exchanging business transactions between computer systems with minimal human intervention.
Martin Powell, Brand Manager for EDI at Blackwell's said "The announcement of this new interface demonstrates commitment from both Blackwell's and Endeavor to using EDIFACT as a truly international EDI standard."
Electronic data interchange (EDI) is the intercompany, computer-to-computer exchange of structured business documents in standard formats. Through EDI, such common business forms as invoices and purchase orders are transformed to a standard data format and electronically transferred between trading partners.
Based in Des Plaines, Illinois, Endeavor Information Systems Incorporated is an employee-owned information technology company formed in September, 1994. Over 200 academic and research libraries of every size have chosen Endeavor's high performance library system.