Implementing EDI Solutions

Book description

This IBM Redbooks publication introduces the reader to the world of EDI. In addition to general terms about EDI, it also introduces a number of products in this area. WebSphere Data Interchange is discussed as the translation engine to map EDI documents to and from documents in other formats. This book also introduces two communication products that use Internet technologies: iSoft’s P2PAgent and Trading Partner Interchange.

In addition to product introductions, the book describes several implementation scenarios in a multi-partner and multi-product environment. Besides a network where trading partners only use iSoft’s P2PAgent, we also look at a setup where trading partners use a combination of the two products.

For each communication product, we investigate several integration options with internal applications and other middleware. We discuss the integration options with the translation product WebSphere Data Interchange and with the process integration product WebSphere BI Interchange Server. The integration technique can be file-based or messaging-based.

Finally, we take a look at options to combine the flexibility of the Internet with the reliability of value-added networks. When Internet connectivity is temporarily not available, a trading partner has the ability to use Expedite to dial into IBM’s network and send or receive EDI documents. By exploiting the recycle mechanics in iSoft's P2PAgent, we can implement a solution that provides a highly available connection between trading partners.

For more up-to-date information about WebSphere B2B, please refer to the following books:
B2B solutions using WebSphere Partner Gateway V6.0, and
Secure Production Deployment of WebSphere Business Integration Connect,

Please note that the additional material referenced in the text is not available from IBM.

Table of contents

  1. Notices
    1. Trademarks
  2. Preface
    1. The team that wrote this redbook
    2. Become a published author
    3. Comments welcome
  3. Chapter 1: Introducing EDI technologies and products
    1. EDI terms and concepts
    2. Benefits of EDI
    3. EDI components
      1. Message standards
      2. Communication
    4. The evolution of EDI
      1. Elements of an EDI solution
      2. The IBM EDI solution
    5. Introducing WebSphere Data Interchange
      1. Features of WebSphere Data Interchange
      2. Mailbox profiles
      3. Network profiles
      4. WebSphere MQ-related artifacts
      5. Service profiles
      6. Trading Partner profiles
      7. Concepts of the mapping editor (1/2)
      8. Concepts of the mapping editor (2/2)
      9. Mapping rules
    6. Usage patterns for WebSphere Data Interchange
      1. A point-to-point solution
      2. An integration broker solution
      3. A B2B gateway solution
    7. Introducing the iSoft Peer-to-Peer Agent
      1. Communication features
      2. Data integrity and security characteristics
      3. Administration features
      4. Load-balancing and multi-machine setup
    8. Introducing Trading Partner Interchange
      1. How the system works
      2. Company profile
      3. Partner profile
      4. The relationship between the company and partner profiles
      5. Document sizes
      6. Transports
    9. Internet references
  4. Chapter 2: Implementing iSoft P2PAgent
    1. Business scenario
    2. Basic implementation of iSoft
      1. Installation and initial configuration (1/2)
      2. Installation and initial configuration (2/2)
      3. Validating the configuration
      4. Automating the send process
      5. Connecting to partners RETAILER2 and RETAILER3
    3. Integration with WebSphere Data Interchange
      1. Translating received EDI documents (1/2)
      2. Translating received EDI documents (2/2)
      3. Preparing EDI documents (1/2)
      4. Preparing EDI documents (2/2)
    4. Integration with the Interchange Server
      1. Creating business objects
      2. Configuring the MQSeries connector
      3. Developing a test collaboration
      4. Using the Test Connector
      5. Inbound flow
  5. Chapter 3: Implementing multi-product AS/2 communication with trading partners
    1. Business case
    2. Implementing TPI between two partners
      1. Installation of TPI for Supplier
      2. Company profile setup for Supplier
      3. Partner profile setup for Retailer1 at Supplier
      4. Validation of the setup
      5. MQ integration and validation
    3. Communicating with an iSoft P2PAgent installation
      1. Installation and initial configuration of iSoft’s P2PAgent
      2. Exporting the certificate from TPI
      3. Creating a partner profile for Retailer2 in TPI of Supplier
      4. Importing the certificate of Retailer2 in TPI
      5. Upgrading TPI
      6. Validation of the setup
    4. Integration between WebSphere Data Interchange and TPI
      1. Processing received EDI documents
      2. Preparing EDI documents (1/2)
      3. Preparing EDI documents (2/2)
    5. Integration between the Interchange Server, WebSphere Data Interchange and TPI
      1. Creating business objects
      2. Configuring the MQSeries connector
      3. Developing a test collaboration
      4. Using the Test Connector
      5. Inbound flow
  6. Chapter 4: UCCnet and item synchronization via iSoft and TPI
    1. Overview of UCCnet
    2. The IBM solution
    3. Installation of Item Sync collaboration
      1. Product installation
      2. Importing the solution components
      3. Database customization
      4. Installing additional samples for the UCCnet Item Sync collaboration
    4. Implementation of scenario 1
      1. Scenario overview
      2. Collaboration object definition and customization
      3. TPI connector configuration
      4. Port connector configuration
      5. SAP connector configuration
      6. Binding the ports
      7. TPI Server configuration
      8. Running the test scenario
    5. Implementation of scenario 2
      1. Updating the business object
      2. Configuring the MQ connector
      3. Creating maps
      4. Updating the collaboration object
      5. Updating the TPI Server configuration
      6. Running the test scenario
    6. Implementation of scenario 3
      1. Configuration of iSoft’s P2PAgent
    7. Conclusion
  7. Chapter 5: Implementing a back-up solution using IBM Expedite
    1. Introduction
    2. Expedite Base for Windows installation
    3. AT&T Global Network Dialer installation
    4. Integrating iSoft and Expedite
    5. Case study
      1. Sending data from the supplier to the customer
      2. Creating a Windows task
      3. Receiving data from the retailer to the supplier
      4. Sending and receiving data at the same time
      5. Problem determination
      6. Things to watch out for
  8. Appendix A: Hardware and software configuration
    1. Hardware configuration
    2. Software configuration
  9. Appendix B: Additional material
    1. Locating the Web material
    2. Using the Web material
      1. System requirements for downloading the Web material
      2. How to use the Web material
  10. Abbreviations and acronyms
  11. Related publications
    1. IBM Redbooks
    2. Online resources
    3. How to get IBM Redbooks
    4. Help from IBM
  12. Index (1/2)
  13. Index (2/2)
  14. Back cover

Product information

  • Title: Implementing EDI Solutions
  • Author(s): Geert Van de Putte, Krishna Bathini, Kiran Chandu, Ronan Dalton, Arpit Doshi, Reza Ghorieshi, Bhushan Mahashabde
  • Release date: October 2003
  • Publisher(s): IBM Redbooks
  • ISBN: None