Common EDI Vocabulary

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Paperwork
The documents that have been traditionally used to convey information in a business transaction.
Payment Terms
Also called Terms of Sale. Refers to the agreement of payment of invoice between supply-side business partner and demand-side business partner, e.g., Net 30 indicates that the invoice is to be paid within 30 days.
PIDX
XML document schema used in the Energy industry.
Pilot
The process of testing a part of the final system as a gauge to determine the viability of a concept prior to implementing the system for full production.
Pilot Project
A project conducted between two or more EDI business partners to test the viability of a proposed EDI System.
PIP
Partner Interface Processes. RosettaNet PIPs define business processes between business partners via XML-based dialogs.
PIP Blueprint
A business model that specifies how Partner Roles (buyer, seller, assembler, catalogue publisher, etc.) interactively perform interface activities that collaboratively achieve a business objective. The PIP Blueprint document includes narrative and diagrams.
PIP Choreography
The exchange sequence of Partner Interface Process messages specified using Business Process Specification Schema.
PIP Design and Development Process
A structured process that describes the work and steps required to create a PIP Specification based upon requirements as detailed in the Specification Requirement Document.
PIP in Production
Two business partners using a RosettaNet Partner Interface Process as the business process interface for a live transaction (not in pilot or testing).
PIP Interchange Model
The structure of the exchanged information between business partners in a specific context; content structure described using either Unified Modelling Language or Extensible Markup Language schemas.
PIP Protocols
Technical interface diagrams that visually describe and define the PIP Blueprint.
PIP Specification
Detailed document that provides a definitive description of a system for the purpose of developing or validating the system
Platform
The type of computer system being used.
Point-to-Point
Refers to a type of communication whereby messages are sent directly from one business partner to another without the use of a VAN.
Proprietary Ordering System
An industry company-specific system that allows a supplier to provide order entry capabilities to its customers.
Proprietary Standard
An industry/company-specific data format developed by a company for transmission of data to and from its business partners. Proprietary formats do not comply with the ASC X12 series of standards.
Protocol
Communication standards that determine message content and format, enabling uniformity of transmissions.
Protocol Conversion
The process of enabling two systems with different protocols to communicate.
Purchase Order
A document issued by a buyer to a seller that details the terms of sale under which the buyer will purchase the seller’s goods.
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