This blog post is part of an ongoing series encompassing the top must-haves when selecting an integrated solution.
Companies spend a lot of time and effort on the design phase of a typical integration project. While using an object or model-driven approach – discussed earlier in this series – to set up transactions, processes and associated rules increases efficiency, automated object generation provides enhanced performance and reduces downstream workload.
Using a model-driven approach, companies can build objects with given rules and store them in the object library for re-use. However, with automated object generation, it’s possible to generate objects using metadata, sample data or other machine-readable data. For instance, you could generate an EDI trading partner profile based on ISA envelope information, or even generate a purchase order document definition by using an X12 850 file. In addition, objects can be generated using heuristically-driven algorithms.
The quality of the object depends on the correctness of the input content, such as metadata associated with a database when its schema is used to generate the object. However, it isn’t the end of the world if you discover an error in the content. It’s possible to make corrections and adjustments after the object is generated.
Once the auto-generated object is created, it becomes part of a searchable, reusable library. With robust metadata architecture, it is easy to reuse objects, which helps improve transparency with the compliance and audit capabilities of integration software as it reduces the time needed to create reusable document definitions.
On another note, when selecting a new integration solution, hone in on those that offer mapping assistants. Without this feature, document or process mapping can be complicated and time-consuming given variances in standards, versions, document types and trading partners or databases. Assisted mapping leverages a user-weighted combination of things such as dictionary, history or attribute matches to improve ease of use.
Considering the tips above when adding automated object generation to your list of must-haves will ensure time and efficiency savings and provide piece of mind as you strive for output consistency and predictability.
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