History

The Data Interchange brand was created in 1986. Back then, Data Interchange was a five-person subsidiary of Perkins Engines (which is now owned by Caterpillar). The following year saw a successful management buyout by Janice and Philip Friend and in the summer of 1987, the brand developed its own identity, in the hands of these vision holders.
 
Today we are a multimillion pound business providing mission-critical B2B integration solutions to some of the world’s leading brands. With operations and partners around the world, our reach and reputation is truly global. However, our position as the leading EDI solutions provider in the UK wasn’t achieved overnight. It has taken many years of hard work and an unswerving commitment to deliver excellence across the entire business. Our ‘right-first-time’ culture has proved a significant factor in our success over the preceding three decades and remains the company motto to this day.
 
Take a moment to delve into our past and learn how we have become one of the leading B2B integration companies in the world.

1986

Philip Friend, a mainframe systems analyst for Perkins Engines, is the developer behind the very first OFTP implementation for the automotive industry. Philip calls this revolutionary new solution Odex, short for Odette Data Exchange.

1987

The brand Data Interchange is created by Philip, as a subsidiary of Perkins Engines.

1988

Following a successful management buyout, Philip and Janice Friend take control of Data Interchange. Five people work at the newly formed company.

1989

British Telecom asks us to develop a new EDI solution, creating one of the first Value Added Networks in the world.

1992

We launch DISP, an early precursor of Darwin for EDI order management.

1993

Odex launched for the IBM AS/400 platform.

1994

Dinet Integration Network value added network is launched in conjunction with the SMMT to great industry fanfare.

1996

Odex released by Philip Friend at the Electronic Commerce exhibition. We also connect to the internet using a super-fast 64Kb leased line and our very first website is launched.

2000

The millennium arrives without any fuss; years of preparation and planning de-risked the entire event.

2001

As our company is expanding nicely, a move to a shiny new business park provides us with a home for the future.

2003

Darwin is launched.

2004

Odex, Xlate and BACS.IP are launched.

2005

A highly sophisticated user interface is added to Xlate, making it incredibly intuitive to use.

2006

Dinet Integration Network is moved to the Odex solution.

2007

We open an office in Spain and the Darwin web portal is launched.

2008

We open an office in Sweden.

2009

Epic is launched as our new enterprise level integration solution. Dinet Integration Network is migrated to Epic. We also welcome VW as a new client.

2012

We are named ‘Highly commended for medium business of the year’ in the Peterborough Telegraph Business Awards. We also open an office in Germany and another office in Poland.

2013

We form a strategic solutions partnership with QAD,  to provide the platform technology for the new QAD Managed EDI service. We open an office in the USA and develop a strong partnership with Commit-Info, in the Chinese automotive market. Winners of 'People Investment' award at Peterborough Telegraph Business Awards.