No degree programs are intended specifically for individuals who wish to become EDI coordinators; however, EDI courses are typically available through certificate, bachelor's, and master's degree programs in information technology, marketing, sales, and e-commerce. Through these courses, students learn the value of EDI systems and the processes used to design, install, and maintain them. They are also able to keep up with new technologies that shape e-commerce.
Some common concepts covered in EDI courses include:
- Computer networking
- IT database management
- Digital and web marketing
- Web development
- Web infrastructure
List of Courses
Beginning Information Technology
Through this introductory course in information technology, students develop ways to manage and track data and set up and manage Internet infrastructures. In lecture portions of the class students examine the ways in which computer networks communicate and how they can be used in e-business, as well as the history of information technology and its projected future.
Internet Marketing and Sales
This introductory course familiarizes students with payment methods, marketing strategies, and product development. Whether individuals are selling wholesale or retail, EDI (Electronic Data Interchange) systems allow for secure payment, reducing the risk of identity theft and fraud.
Internet Law and E-Business
Since EDI coordinators work primarily with Internet-based businesses, understanding laws and regulations governing e-business activity is important. Through this course, students examine how e-business is changing by analyzing contemporary trends in the marketplace, as well as laws governing product regulations and security measures that e-businesses must meet. This type of course also touches on ways to increase business through trend analysis.
Advantages of EDI for the Marketplace
Using an EDI system creates advantages for online retailers, as well as for traditional brick-and-mortar stores. Students learn about these advantages, as well as explore current and future developments to them. Future EDI coordinators learn to track what customers are purchasing and what led them to make the purchase in the first place in order to market products more effectively.
Students taking this advanced course learn how to design, install, and manage EDI systems. The course includes advanced information about running and designing a web page and ways to manage product distribution. Students use the Internet to track, order, sell, and pay for products in this course. They also troubleshoot for problems and explore the set-up and management of EDI systems. This course also examines advanced security issues that an EDI coordinator would be responsible for repairing.