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It's best to use an EDI Translator tool for what you are doing if you are not already. This would take any EDI X12 or EDIFACT document and tranlate it to ie: XML. Then using a transformation tool like from InterConnect or ProcessConnect you can do the transformation. The EDI translator is available shortly with Oracle App Server. If you are interested in a preview please a note to email@example.com.
Could you please expand on this point? We are using a custom built application to translate messages published on a Tibco bus into EDI messages and send them to a VAN or to a trading partner directly. I am trying to see whether we can replace it with an off-the-shelf product (or suit of products) and Oracle ProcessConnect or Interconnect look like something we could use, but I cannot get a full picture. Maybe you could point me to a high level overview of how the Oracle products can be used as building blocks to implement B2B using EDI?
Oracle has recently released a product called PartnerConnect which will do what you are asking for. PartnerConnect is, essentially, the B2B protocol engine from ProcessConnect which has been decoupled and productized to run as a stand alone solution for B2B type integration. Not only does it provide the EDI doc translations, it also allows you to fully define you trading partner interface including message packaging, signing, security, even the public process choreography.
Have a look on OTN\product centers\application server integration. You'll find a document there which describes the ProcessConnect for you in more detail.
Integration B2B (PartnerConnect) and InterConnect are tightly integrated and there's an SAP adapter available for InterConnect. Your architecture would then look as follows:
EDI --> PartnerConnect --> InterConnect --> SAP Adapter --> SAP
The InterConnect SAP adapter supports the SAP BAPI and ALE framework, so sending and receiving iDocs is no problem at all. For more information about the SAP adapter, please try:
PartnerConnect supports all common EDI standards. For more information about PartnerConnect, please try:
Hope this is helpful.
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I am the Product Manager for OracleAS Integration B2B
Refer to http://ias.us.oracle.com
Under AS Components Tab
You will fined a technical presentation and the Data Sheets
We are AS2 Cetified, and can support a VAN via SMTP/FTP/HTTP.
We can receives the EDI Native document, valdiate it, and automatically translate it into XML if required.
hope this helps,
The B2B product is available today. A new version with full EDI functionality is due for next release, currently scheduled to be out in next month or so.
If you are a potential customer, feel free to contact your Oracle contact (A/C Manager) and ask about OracleAS Integration B2B. Tell her/him to talk to OracleAS Integration. (S)he may contact us directly.