The EC/EDI*Wizard® is a fully map-based,
multi-user translator that translates business documents between EDI, EDIFACT,
XML, etc. and internal data formats.
been in use since 1996 in the Retail, Grocery and Petroleum industries.
supports over 100 Trading Partners, 13 types of EDI documents in many versions
with over 300 individual TP/Document maps and four communications protocols
connecting with multiple VANS and directly with Wal-Mart.
EC/EDI*Wizard® is usually integrated with the
user’s back-end business software based on the EDI strategy selected by the
three broad strategies by which an organization can engage in EDI:
1. The local EDI service bureau that
acts as an EDI Trading Partner on your behalf, establishes
a VAN account for you and passes messages to/from you via courier, fax or snail
2. The inhouse
PC-based EDI translator that connects with your VAN, translates and prints all
incoming EDI documents for manual reentry into your back-end system and
provides for manual reentry of all outgoing documents into your EDI-PC for
translation and forwarding to your Trading Partners ("Rip 'n Read").
3. The fully integrated EDI
translator, like EC/EDI*Wizard®,
that translates and converts business documents automatically – eg. POs to Sales Orders,
Bills-of-Material to Advanced Ship Notices and/or Warehouse Shipping Orders and
Invoices to Invoices, etc.
advantages of using a multi-user EDI translator installed on your business
server and business database are:
1. All Users of EDI can perform
functions with the EDI translator from their regular offices on their regular
business software workstations rather than going to the "EDI room"
and (possibly) waiting in line to use the "EDI computer" one at a
2. Multiple EDI activities (receive
mail, process mail, send mail; for different customers and warehouses; assigned
to different Users in the same or different departments) can be launched, all
concurrently/or not, as your need demands.
3. Communications between multiple VANs using multiple protocols can be supported - eg. ProcommPlus for dial-up modem async protocol connection,
3780Plus for dial-up modem bisync protocol connection, ftp internet protocol
now offered at much lower cost than most dial-up connections, AS2 internet
protocol demanded by Wal-Mart, and directly with Wal-Mart, today using only
Wal-Mart approved AS2 communication software, etc.
4. Communications that can be
launched by the User automatically from any business workstation without direct
knowledge about or interface with the communication software on the business
server (just press a button and it's done).
5. EDI messages are moved
automatically and reliably between the business database and the Operating
System file structure on the same computer without the introduction of network
issues between two computers.
6. EDI documents are transformed
directly to/from internal records, which eliminates
the additional flat file transform layer and transformation logic and
associated opportunity for errors and failure.
7. Business rules logic can be built
directly into the APIs between the EDI translator and the business software so
that manual intervention in message processing is only necessary on an
exception basis - eg. automatically approved POs can
be dropped directly into the Open Orders file without the User involvement
normally associated with manual Order Entry and its associated business rules
8. All EDI data is backed up along
with your business data at the same time and in the same database rather than
backing up EDI data on the "EDI computer" separately, if at all.
9. If you have a standby business
computer, then you have a standby EDI computer, whereas few businesses have a
separate standby EDI computer for the separate "EDI computer" without
significant cost and support time and effort.
10. Complete control over your EDI
translator is ensured thru the source code installed on your system in
languages that your understand.
business situation any of us can find ourselves in is receiving a demand from
one of our good customers for some new feature in our business relationship
that we can not deliver, or can not deliver in accordance with our customer’s
time table, or at a reasonable cost, because the vendor of our software hasn't
provided this feature, or is charging more than the cost of a competitive
product, because the vendor of our software thinks that we are a captive
customer of theirs.
is all about maintaining and strengthening our customer relationships,
and a multi-user EDI translator running on your business server and integrated
with your business software and business database is a critical tool in
achieving that objective.
there is no "right" or "best" solution. The "right" or "best"
solution depends on your needs - both today and in the future. The challenge is to define your current and future
now so we can help you avoid costly mistakes today so that you don’t have to
pay for them tomorrow.