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The End of Mapping is Here… Almost

December 17th, 2013 1 comment

A recent blog post by Steve Keifer, titled “The End of Mapping (in B2B Integration)”, asks why B2B translators can’t automatically identify and map source-to-target fields. Well, the answer is they can – at least EXTOL’s translators can. Our customers have been saving countless hours on mapping activities using EXTOL’s design-time automation technology for more than a decade!

With the Advanced Automapper feature in our EXTOL EDI Integrator for IBM i (EEI), our customers simply select a reference map, and the Advanced AutoMapper will compare it with other maps using the same files, generating a new map with the appropriate data fields. It is a very effective tool for the majority of customers, who have multiple trading partners, but trade the same or similar documents. Each new trading partner can be on-boarded much more quickly, eliminating most of the manual and repetitive mapping tasks. Read more…

Charting Your EDI Modernization Strategy

September 26th, 2013 No comments

EDI as we know it today is very different from what it was 10 or 15 years ago, when many companies made their last EDI technology investments.  Today’s businesses face a broader range of EDI requirements, including the ability to support proprietary document interchanges, near real-time transaction response, and web services.

When we talk with prospective customers about how they cope with new EDI integration requirements, the answers boil down to these five approaches: Read more…

“EDI” Comes Before “ERP”

December 17th, 2012 No comments

When you’re replacing enterprise systems…

Remember the alphabet: “EDI” comes before “ERP”

Many organizations facing enterprise-wide systems upgrades link the EDI and ERP systems selection processes, even though this approach may end up taking more calendar time and exposing the organization to greater risk.  My colleague Jim O’Leary has reminded me that some organizations value the “interface compatibility” resulting from a tandem decision, and his point is valid.  However, there may be other benefits to implementing EDI first, benefits that may be much greater than that of interface compatibility (which is often an ERP system issue). Read more…

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Mapping Strategies for e-Business Integration – Part 1

November 8th, 2012 No comments

When facing the challenge to reduce the cost of data transformation mapping in e-business integration, you might want to consider the method of sharing reusable base maps. In Part 1 of the Mapping Strategies for e-Business Integration webcast, your host, Jim O’Leary, explains the value of cloud-based pattern sharing by shifting the focus of reuse from base maps to mapping patterns and supplementing pattern-driven mapping with other automated methods.

Learn new ways to help reduce mapping costs by up to 90%: Launch the Webcast >>

Want to know more? Download a free companion white paper that outlines this new e-business mapping strategy.

The Case for Hybrid Mapping Strategies

October 19th, 2012 No comments

I’ve written elsewhere about how important data transformation mapping is to all kinds of e-business integration, and how mapping dominates integration lifecycle costs, overall.  Mapping is fundamental to Business-to-Business (B2B) integration (e.g., using EDI), application integration, data integration, and many cloud application and service integration cases, as well.

Although drag-and-drop mapping is a data transformation mapping mainstay, assisted (“automated”) mapping, map reuse, and other strategies can be far more efficient and cost-effective, under the right circumstances.  But IT professionals and project leaders seeking more efficient ways to create and maintain transformation maps face a conundrum – no single mapping strategy works in all cases. Read more…