What Is EDI “Enveloping” All About?

Please note: This post originally appeared on Extol.com (EXTOL has been acquired by Cleo).

The primary reasons for EDI “enveloping” are to manage EDI Interchange routing, and to enable your EDI system know how to process inbound transmissions (this also applies to the enveloping data you send to your trading partners).

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What is a “Staging Database,” and Why Consider It for EDI?

Please note: This post originally appeared on Extol.com (EXTOL has been acquired by Cleo).

For this discussion, a “Staging Database” refers to any intermediate database that would fill the gap between Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) transactions and the back-end business application. Whether obtained through a third party or developed in-house, some applications provide interface files that are “EDI Intelligent” and support the required EDI transactions.

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FTP: Understanding Active vs. Passive

Please note: This post originally appeared on Extol.com (EXTOL has been acquired by Cleo).

The File Transfer Protocol (FTP), although an older technology, is still very popular and is used routinely by IT departments and businesses worldwide.  Even so, many users of FTP do not fully understand the difference between two of its basic configuration options: Active mode and Passive mode.

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Why do Businesses need Data Integration?

Please note: This post originally appeared on Extol.com (EXTOL has been acquired by Cleo).

When we talk about data Integration with someone who is unfamiliar, the discussion often raises many questions.

Why does it matter? What are the benefits, and the risks? How much of a problem is this?

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SOAP Worst Practices Part 1: Non-XML Content

Please note: This post originally appeared on Extol.com (EXTOL has been acquired by Cleo).

There are a lot of useful SOAP Web Services. Whether it is a simple zip code lookup service or a more complex order entry system, a well-implemented SOAP Web Service can make machine-to-machine communication very reliable, efficient, and best of all, easy.

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Best Practices for EDI Mapping: Naming and Usage

Please note: This post originally appeared on Extol.com (EXTOL has been acquired by Cleo).

Successful EDI implementations must begin with the development and employment of proper naming conventions and best practices. Too often a company will make hasty decisions in an effort to implement an EDI customer quickly only to find that good practices were not put to use and the bad habits are then continued for all remaining EDI implementations.

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SOAP vs REST: Which Web Service Protocol is Better?

Please note: This post originally appeared on Extol.com (EXTOL has been acquired by Cleo).

In this blog, the age old discussion of “Which is Better: SOAP or REST?” will be discussed, and challenges associated with your decision. We’re going to list advantages and tradeoffs of each, but first let’s start with a little background information little background information.

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Selecting a Database: Flat File vs. Relational

Please note: This post originally appeared on Extol.com (EXTOL has been acquired by Cleo).

Determining the type of database to be deployed for a project is a combination of access requirements and preference. In an effort to make an informed decision on which to deploy, the application engineer should be familiar with the types of databases as well as the pros/cons of each.

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SSL: What is “two-way” authentication?

Please note: This post originally appeared on Extol.com (EXTOL has been acquired by Cleo).

We were recently working on a project for a customer that involved setting up communications between the Cleo Clarify product and a third-party electronic invoicing provider. At the outset of this project, looking over the communications requirements, most seemed very typical and straightforward.

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“Extend” or “Expand” the EDI Database?

Please note: This post originally appeared on Extol.com (EXTOL has been acquired by Cleo).

Standards only remain “standard” until the next change. Even in the B2B EDI world where trading partner data exchanges are “supposed to be” standardized, new additions and upgrades to later versions will create an opportunity to re-evaluate how data is being moved and stored for company consumption.

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