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Date of Award


Culminating Project Type

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Degree Name

Engineering: M.E.M


Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering


College of Science and Engineering

First Advisor

Ben Baliga

Second Advisor

Hiral Shah

Third Advisor

Balasubramanian Kasi

Creative Commons License

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This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Keywords and Subject Headings

electronic data interchange, SDLC, project management, waterfall, business analysis


This project has been implemented to replace a legacy EDI translator in a large retail organization with a new EDI platform with enhanced functionality. The old system was outdated, sluggish and could not fully comply with the industry EDI best practices. The legacy system also had additional fail points for potential data loss, due to extensive customization. The main goals of this project were to create a standardized EDI environment that would limit manual intervention and labor costs, and provide better audit/monitoring capabilities for all EDI communication.

Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) refers to the use of telecommunication technologies to exchange data within and/or between organizations in a standardized format to promote data security while maintaining data integrity. Customizations to the EDI communication and translation system hampers data integrity as well as adding extraneous effort for the EDI operations and infrastructure resources to provide support.


I would like to express my humble gratitude to my advisor Professor Dr. Ben Baliga who has always been a tremendous mentor to me. I would also like to thank Professor Hiral Shah and Professor Balsy Kasi for serving as my committee members and providing guidance and insights throughout this process. I also want to thank you for letting my defense be an enjoyable moment, and for your helpful feedback. I would also like to thank all my teachers who helped equip me with the skills and knowledge required to complete this endeavor.



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