EDISPHERE can seamlessly integrate with your internal business applications in many different ways, such as common file format and common database, which does not require any programming. Applications can also be integrated through Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) using web-services, Java Messaging Server (JMS), COM, Java API, etc. Even though EDISPHERE runs on Windows, it can seamlessly integrate with business applications residing on any platform through common folder, ftp and APIs.
EDIPSHERE is being enhanced for software as a service (SaaS) architecture, which is expected to be released in 2008. EDISPHERE SaaS release will expose web services conforming to service oriented architecture (SOA) so that enterprise application integration (EAI) can be achieved through programs written in business process execution languages (BPEL). EDISPHERE roadmap is absolutely state of the art and it ensures that your investment will never be obsolete.
Your business applications are developed keeping your long-term IT plans in mind. If Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) software imposes restrictions on the file formats it accepts or it is inflexible in accommodating your application’s unique requirements for application to EDI integration then your long-term IT plans may be affected and the gains expected by the use of EDI may not be fully achieved.
Traditionally, EDI has referred to X12 and EDIFACT data interchange standards, which have been in existence for over three decades. Over a period of years, EDI has enhanced its scope since additional data interchange formats have been used for B2B (Business to Business transactions). For the purpose of this document, the term “EDI” will be used generically to refer to a number of file formats used for B2B, including X12, EDIFACT, XML, SAP IDOCs, proprietary file formats (fixed length, variable length, comma separated value – CSV), databases and is interchangeably used with B2B. Wherever a distinction is necessary, the same is explicitly mentioned unless it is obvious from the context.