In our globalized world, the ability to exchange information in a secure, reliable, and seamless manner within and beyond the enterprise decides on the success of an organization. However, today, B2B information exchange is not limited to the simple exchange of documents. An increasingly global supply chain, more stringent regulatory requirements, and the introduction of new data formats have together made it necessary for businesses to invest in an Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) solution that can improve the quality and speed of information exchange while ensuring compliance and reducing costs.
Astera EDIConnect is a powerful EDI solution that simplifies the exchange of EDI documents, reduces operational latency and errors, and speeds up partner onboarding. Featuring a drag-and-drop interface and a high-performance EDI translator, validator, and transaction builder, Astera EDIConnect enables businesses to easily exchange EDI documents and manage partner relationships without investing significant developer resources.
How EDI Works
Electronic data interchange (EDI) is the transmission of data between trade partners that offers both strategic and administrative benefits. The electronic transfer of documents in a standard format helps businesses achieve improvements in terms of information quality, transaction speed, administrative costs, and operations management.
Sending an EDI Document
Easily extract data from a variety of sources and map onto the required X12, HL7, or EDIFACT format using the powerful and highly intuitive EDI builder of Astera EDIConnect.
With hundreds of built-in transformations, out-of-the-box connectivity to various data sources, and support for an assortment of EDI standards, Astera EDIConnect makes it easier for business users to build EDI messages without developer help.
Bad EDI data can result in processing delays, incorrect fulfillment, chargebacks, and other problems. With its built-in validator, Astera EDIConnect helps you avoid these problems and ensure accurate and seamless data exchange.
Integrated with the transaction builder, the powerful validator of Astera EDIConnect allows users to check EDI messages for empty or invalid data elements, length restrictions, data type, and more.
With focus on the efficiency, reliability, and security of transmission, Astera EDIConnect allows the user to transmit data via AS2, FTP, or email.
For transactions that are conducted more frequently, users can leverage the process orchestration capabilities of Astera EDIConnect and define a workflow to upload files, invoke data maps, and send emails.
Receiving an EDI Document
Astera EDIConnect keeps invalid data from entering the database with its built-in validator that performs a series of standard and custom validations on all incoming EDI files.
Validation of the structure and schema of incoming messages is performed to identify any anomalies or violation of the trade partner agreement and send an acknowledgement or alert to the trade partner. This, in turn, prevents translation errors at a later stage and saves time and resources.
Designed to handle large hierarchical files, Astera EDIConnect’s high-performance translator reads incoming EDI files, parses them, and makes the data available for mapping and transformation.
The cluster-based architecture of the solution, combined with a drag-and-drop interface, enables the users to handle EDI messages of any size or format with ease and efficiency.
The wide range of pre-built transformations and extensive data mapping capabilities of Astera EDIConnect allow the user to perform any kind of transformation, ranging from joins and filtering to normalization, routing, and more.
Astera EDIConnect’s wide range of connectors allow the user to write data to a database, enterprise application, data warehousing solution, or any other destination.
Abstract Away the Complexity of EDI with Astera EDIConnect
Combining the power of parallel processing with its high-performance EDI parser, validator, and transaction builder, the solution enables seamless communication between trade partners and helps them achieve EDI compliance.
Key features of Astera EDIConnect include:
Onboard Partners More Quickly
Astera EDIConnect facilitates faster trade partner onboarding by allowing the user to create detailed partner profiles and define inbound and outbound transaction maps, validation settings, custom transaction sets, and more.
Comply with any EDI Format
Astera EDIConnect’s support for all X12, EDIFACT, and HL7 transaction sets, combined with the ability to define custom transaction sets, allows businesses to comply with any partner-specific EDI format.
Prevent Data Quality Errors
Validate incoming and outgoing messages for standard and custom schema and structural specifications to avoid processing delays and costs associated with the exchange of poor quality data between trade partners.
Easily Parse and Build EDI Files
The code-free, drag-and-drop visual designer of Astera EDIConnect allows business users to parse or construct EDI messages without developer help.
Correct Mapping Errors in Real Time
Providing an instant preview of data at every step, EDIConnect allows the user to identify and correct any mapping errors in real time.
Send Automatic Acknowledgments
Leverage the process orchestration capabilities of Astera EDIConnect to generate functional and technical acknowledgments automatically upon receiving an EDI message.
Save Time with Process Orchestration
Streamline data exchange and free up resources by defining workflows to download or upload files, generate acknowledgments, invoke data maps, send emails, and much more.
Automate EDI Exchange
With a built-in job scheduler, Astera EDIConnect allows businesses to run an EDI job once or repeatedly at hourly, daily, weekly, or monthly intervals or when a new EDI file is received.
Exchange Data Reliably
Send and receive EDI files using in a secure, seamless, and reliable manner using EDI-specific protocols, including AS2 and FTP, as well as via email.
Enjoy Unparalleled Performance
Designed with a focus on performance, Astera EDIConnect uses parallel processing and a high-performance EDI translator to split large hierarchical files into smaller workloads and offer you high parsing speeds.
Process EDI Data of Any Complexity
Join multiple data sources, perform a specific operation on a tree structure, apply a single function to multiple fields, and do much more with EDIConnect’s expansive library of pre-built transformations
Integrate Data from Any Source
Integrate data from virtually any business system or database, in any format using EDIConnect’s wide range of connectors . The solution can connect to most databases, web services, enterprise applications, data warehouses, and visualization tools.