ANSI X12 is the most common EDI standard in the United States and is used by a wide range of companies in many different industries throughout North America. The standard is the equivalent of EDIFACT, which is widely used in Europe. ANSI stands for the American National Standards Institute.
You can use ANSI X12 to exchange a wide variety of document types across a lot of various industries. The standard is, for example, used in the pharmaceutical industry and the health care system in the United States, as there is a legal requirement in the US for a national standard for the exchange of electronic documents in these areas.
If you have any American trading partners and would like to get started with ANSI X12, it might be a good idea to get an experienced EDI partner on board. ANSI X12 has a very complex and specialized syntax and is not easy to start using without specialized knowledge. With Bizbrains as your EDI supplier, you ensure, among other things, that your documents meet all requirements and that you apply the same version of the standard as your trading partners.
ANSI X12 is a very stable EDI standard, and although much is happening in the field of EDI, the standard continues to live on in the best of ways.