SEEBURGER Upgrades EDI Adapter for SAP XI

Provides electronic data interchange functions embedded in SAP NetWeaver

Provides electronic data interchange functions embedded in SAP NetWeaver

Atlanta — November 21, 2005 — B2B integration specialist SEEBURGER has upgraded its electronic data interchange (EDI) adapter for the SAP Exchange Infrastructure (SAP XI) to equip users with new tools for mapping, tracking and archiving EDI messages, the enabler announced recently.

The new version 1.5 of the adapter is currently the only "comprehensive EDI solution" embedded in the SAP NetWeaver technology stack, according to SEEBURGER.

New features of SEEBURGER's EDI adapter include:

  • Message tracking tools enabling business and/or IT users to instantly determine whether purchase orders, invoices and other trading documents have been sent or delivered to external business partners. Users can search by different criteria, including a specific message as well as groups of messages (e.g. all shipment notices that left the company between 8 and 10 am). Results are viewable from a portal framework built into the adapter.

  • An expanded library of default messages that can help reduce implementation time and expense by allowing more EDI processes to be set up without creating messages and their corresponding syntax definitions from scratch. The new version provides a six-fold increase in the number of general and industry-specific ANSI, EDIFACT, ODETTE and VDA messages supplied with the adapter.

  • Message archiving support allowing users to maintain a complete audit trail to meet international tax regulations and other information or compliance requirements. Messages transmitted through the SEEBURGER adapter can now be forwarded to any third-party archiving system through a file share. Each document is indexed for retrieval through the search function of the organization's archiving system.
Other upgrades include expanded VAN compatibility that gives users a greater choice of data carriers, and technical improvements for faster and easier adapter setup.

The SEEBURGER adapter utilizes the XI toolsets to handle the EDI configuration, workflow, mapping and communications necessary to convert business documents from industry standards into the XML/SOAP-based format used by SAP NetWeaver.

Like the SEEBURGER B2B Gateway on which it is based, the new solution accommodates various industry and regional-specific data standards and communications protocols to automate business processes with customers, partners and suppliers for organizations in different industry sector and global geographic location.

Version 1.5 of the SEEBURGER SAP XI adapter is available immediately from both SAP and SEEBURGER sales and services organizations.

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