QRS Offers Data Exchange Service

EDIINT Gateway to help customers comply with AS2 Requirements

Richmond, CA — December 12, 2003 — QRS Corp. has released the QRS EDIINT Gateway service, an electronic data interchange (EDI)-over-the-Internet (EDIINT) offering for existing QRS Exchange customers. According to the provider, the new service, which supports both AS1 and AS2, enables customers that use the QRS Exchange value-added network (VAN) or Data Exchange (DX) offering, to communicate with trading partners who request data delivery via EDIINT.

Large retailers and government agencies are driving the adoption of EDIINT by requiring trading partners to communicate via the Internet. However, to ensure uninterruptible connectivity, these retailers are also mandating that their partners maintain a non-Internet-based EDI service. This dual requirement makes it challenging for suppliers to manage their EDI transactions.

According to a recent AMR Research Report, "In-house implementations require you to staff technical people to manage the network connectivity, and software and community support people to manage the interaction with your trading partners. Using a VAN service provider eliminates much of this effort."

QRS said its QRS EDIINT Gateway service allows DX customers to drive cost and operational benefits by maintaining both Internet-based and non-Internet-based connections without changing their internal systems or staffing.

For instance, when a customer sends out an EDI document, the EDIINT Gateway service executes the information delivery according to the recipient's EDIINT preference. The EDIINT Gateway service automates the process for the customer, alleviating the difficulties associated with managing multiple connections.

"Retailers and suppliers continually struggle to simplify and improve the process of exchanging information," said Renee d'Ouville, vice president of Product Strategy at QRS. "Emerging industry standards and multiple communications protocols can be overwhelming. In the face of these changes, companies are finding it difficult to implement the right technology at the right time."

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