Scheer Process Automation Suite provides its own solution for the EDI connection of communication partners and the exchange of information. The enhancement into the Process Automation Suite goes far beyond what standard adapters in the market offer. Scheer PAS is fully functional EDI software with a user interface for the administration and control of all your electronic communication.
EDI with Scheer PAS gives you complete independence from external service providers. Information from every partner and every communication can be connected and processed without limit from your own environment. This way you cease to incur ongoing costs for the connection of individual partners as well as the transaction-based costs for the transmission of information.
This carries enormous potential for savings especially for B2B companies with high frequencies of electronic data transfer. In addition it is possible to merge the Suite’s existing functionality, such as mapping implementation and the integration of systems or BPMN, seamlessly with the EDI interface. This way end-to-end tests of the entire environment are possible without any additional effort.
The future security of communication formats plays a decisive role in electronic data transfer. Many of the common EDI standards are currently being replaced by new protocols. Scheer PAS is not reliant on a particular communication format but offers comprehensive coverage of the relevant current and prospective standards. Alongside XML, CSV, SAP IDoc and X12 communications can also be exchanged in any desired UN/EDIFACT format.
In addition we also support EDIFACT subsets as well as sector specific standards such as HL7 or VDA. This creates a high level of flexibility and planning security for your company.
Furthermore, the choice of communication partner is unlimited. Messages can be sent and received via http as well as https. Confirmation of receipt is either synchronous or asynchronous, according to your requirements.
The solution is Drummond / DGI (UCC) certified. Messages can be sent and received via HTTP or HTTPS. Confirmation of receipt of messages can follow synchronously and asynchronously.
Currently, the following transfer protocols, encryption processes and signatures are supported:
EDI transfer protocols:
FTP, FTPS, SFTP
EDI (electronic data interchange) is the term used to describe the automated, electronic exchange of data and documents between business partners. EDI is a collective term for a multitude of bilateral processes, or processes with differing standards for the electronic transmission of communications.
IT systems guarantee that communications from the sender to the receiver are transmitted automatically. Humans only monitor these processes and intervene only when necessary. Agreements between communication partners can be very simple or very detailed and comprehensive in nature. In a simple agreement for example it could be just the messaging format and the end-point to which the information is sent that are defined. Very detailed and comprehensive agreements require fixed semantics and a format with a multitude of notifications, standardized code values and transmission protocols. In this respect there is a large number of differing standards.
A standard defines which data will be exchanged and in which way. In setting these standards formats and message type semantics are controlled down to a single byte. Code values are often standardized in order to clearly identify order types, for example. An existing ISO code will often be used for the more common codes such as country or currency. The standard itself will also often pre-determine via which protocol these messages are to be exchanged (AS2, OFTP2, SFTP, HTTPS, etc.) and which error procedures are to be used in case of error.
EDI standards are sector specific. Many industry sectors have their own sector standards. The UN/EDIFACT standard of the UNO covers many sectors but also contains sector specific subsets. The SWIFT standard in used in banking, the ODETTE or VDA standard in the European automobile industry and RosettaNet in electronic and e-business.
AS2 stands for Applicability Statement 2 and is one of the most common EDI (Electronic Data Interchange) transmission standards. The reason for its wide usage in business is specifically that AS2 uses the internet as its communication path. This way the protocol is not tied to the use of a proprietary network. For transmission via the internet AS2 uses HTTP as well as HTTPS protocols.
AS2 standardization therefore enables the cost effective and secure exchange of information. The role of the standard is simple: messages are digitally packaged, encrypted and signed. The recipient confirms the timely receipt of the message to the sender via a receipt of delivery message. This receipt is called an MDN or Message Disposition Notification. The message format is not of relevance for the standard. All data can be transported safely and reliably with the help of the AS2 protocol.
As already described, EDI refers to the electronic exchange of information. A classic case is the processing of orders between two companies.
Company A orders one or more items from company B.
Without EDI company A will send its business partner a fax, letter or email detailing the order. In company B an employee will confirm receipt of the order, invoice or delivery note in a similar way. Although both companies probably use IT systems as application software, communication between the two of them follows manually. A break in media occurs. Data must be input manually into the respective IT systems – this costs time and money and is prone to errors.
Using EDI the transmission of business documentation follows automatically, as the IT systems in both companies exchange messages directly in line with the agreed standards. The standard dictates in which way messages are to be created and transported. If both parties adhere to the standard then nothing can stand in the way of the quick, reliable and secure exchange of information.
Beyond a certain volume an exchange of information can only be managed appropriately if it is automated. Many companies expect and require of their suppliers and partners that they are contactable via their EDI network. The aim of electronic data exchange is to facilitate the quick, reliable and secure transmission of data and documents.