Sharing Data Between Systems With Web Services, Web Integrations, APIs and EDI.
By defining the structure of a request and its response you can execute remote functions between systems. By setting up the rules at the gate (e.g. how many requests, read and write control), the systems can work without human intervention.
It also means that developers can achieve this without having to expose all of their software code, worry about different languages, or write connective spaghetti code.
The Power of APIs
APIs are best thought of as doorways and rules for how two disparate programs can remotely communicate.
Information from system A contractually requests information in a structured way, and system B responds with a structured response. Connecting applications in this way facilitate business workflow and data flow without user intervention removing the burden of manual data rekeying and/or data entry error.
It often uses the REST protocol as the modern standard communications protocol, but SOAP is still in use.
The Integration With EDI
EDI is a agreed format of interchange and translation between systems allowing for different systems to share and update eachother, often found in the financial and logistics sectors.
Systems may be setup to convert messages from the data structures of your enterprise applications over AS2, FTP and other protocols into the ANSI X.12 or EDIFACT standards from data formats including XML, JSON, EDIFACT, and CSV .
The main objective is to facilitate B2B transactions to obtain real-time insight, real time updates, responsive system messaging, document tracking, alerting, and analytics.
We can provide interchange over AS2, sFTP, FTP, MQ, OFTP and others.
You can use our services to securely exchange over AS2 documents such as purchase orders, advance ship notices, invoices, payments, remittance files or other standardized messages.
We support numerous EDI (ANSI X.12, EDIFACT) and XML standards.
Contact us to discuss your next integration project.