Includes features for automating EDI processing for commercial industries
Progress Software has released DataDirect Data Integration Suite with new features for automating Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) processing for a variety of commercial industries.
The DataDirect Data Integration Suite contains XML-component technologies for data integration and service-oriented environments including DataDirect XQuery, DataDirect XML Converters and Stylus Studio. It features new functionality to help reduce the need for manual coding and accelerate the delivery of mission-critical information to enterprise-applications and throughout trading partner networks.
The company said that by using the DataDirect XML Converters, the easily embeddable, Java and .NET components available in the DataDirect Data Integration Suite products, developers working in the transportation and logistics industry can now covert IATA Cargo-IMP transactions into ready-to-use XML for accelerated processing, improved application performance and streamlined information-sharing between the airlines and business partners.
The DataDirect Data Integration Suite offers bi-directional, streaming conversion for myriad legacy EDI and flat-file types into XML and supports a wide variety of published EDI standards including EDIFACT, HL7, IATA (PADIS), IATA Cargo-FACT, ASC X12, EANCOM, Edig@s, TRADACOMS, NCPDP and HIPAA.
This allows Progress DataDirect customers to use the latest versions of these standards and interoperate with their trading partners, who may be using different versions of the standards. These standards can then be augmented by using an EDI editor, which uses standard SEF files.
The release 5.0 of the DataDirect Data Integration Suite also includes new built-in functions for analysing EDI streams for errors and generating an analysis report that can then be used to filter errors during conversion of the EDI data stream to XML. The EDI analyser tool processes EDI streams by filtering out groups, segments and messages with errors.
An automatically generated report contains complete error messages, as well as dialect-specific transmission response messages that can then be used to notify the EDI sender of transmission receipt and processing acceptance or failure, the company said.
Carlo Innocenti, senior XML manager for Progress DataDirect, said: Efficiently integrating data formats with core administrative systems and enterprise databases typically requires intense manual coding and a complex, integration architecture consuming valuable IT resources and slowing operational responsiveness.
“With the DataDirect Data Integration Suite, industry-standard message types can be automatically converted to-and-from XML with no development effort required. This is a huge resource benefit to companies, and to the success of their trading partner networks.