WAWF EDI - Electronic Data Interchange
There are two central aspects to automating Wide-Area Workflow (WAWF) transactions:
- Software to collect and organize data for WAWF submission
- EDI Translation - to transform shipment data into electronic transactions using either:
- ANSI-X12 (traditional EDI) via a DOD-certified Value-Added Network (VAN)
- UDF/FTP via an approved DAAS SFTP/SSH account
There are a number of tradeoffs in choosing using of a VAN versus SFTP/SSH, that include:
- Service cost versus network development / IT overhead
- Ease of use
- Need for compatibility with system other than WAWF, such as DLA (DIBBS), UID Registry, DAAS, etc.
- Transaction tracking and archival
- Lack of need to maintain DAAS security certifications
Refer to Value-Added Network (VAN) discussion for more information.
WAWF Transactions - Technical Details
The general requirements for submitting transactions with X12-EDI versus SFTP/SSH are described in WAWF Made Easy, with the specific requirements found in these two WAWF documents:
The specific requirements for the standard WAWF transactions are described in the following EDI specifications. The UDF transactions are very similar, albeit with the formatting differently.
WAWF EDI - Supplemental Technical Information
- DFARS- Appendix F
- Shelf-Life Codes
- Unit of Measure Codes
- WAWF Certificate of Conformance(COC)
- Shipment Method Codes
- ANSI X12 Enveloping