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E2open Next-Gen E2 Cloud Connectivity Changes How Data is Mapped Between Trading PartnersNovember 15, 2012
By Amanda Ciccatelli, TMCnet Web Editor
Today, connecting trading partners is expensive as well as time consuming because the task of mapping data and transactions between companies creates a bottleneck.
E2open, a provider of cloud-based solutions for collaborative execution across global trading networks, has recently introduced the newest version of E2 Cloud Connectivity, the foundation layer of the E2open Business Network. With a next-generation open cloud interoperability model that changes the way transactions and data are mapped between trading partners, E2 Cloud Connectivity reduces the time and the cost of ownership of connectivity.
“One of the biggest challenges to rapid and cost-effective trading partner connectivity is the traditional practice of one-off, custom, point-to-point maps for transactions and data,” said Lorenzo Martinelli, senior vice president, Corporate Strategy, E2open, in a statement. Working with complex supply chains, and hundreds of customer deployments, we have created a next-generation model that enriches our network content using open canonicals and cross-standard maps.”
E2open’s solutions enable enterprises to procure, manufacture, sell, and distribute products through collaboration. Enterprises use E2open solutions to gain visibility into and control over trading networks through E2open’s real-time information, integrated business processes and advanced analytics.
This version of E2 Cloud Connectivity brings productized maps that speed up data transformation across industry standards like X12, EDIFACT, OAGIS and others, providing businesses with open interoperability.
“Canonical messages reduce the number of transformation maps that an organization must create and manage — one of the most time-consuming activities in implementing interfaces," added Benoit Lheureux, vice president, Research, Gartner (News - Alert). “Consequently, their use significantly reduces interface development time and simplifies interface asset management.”
The latest version of E2open’s cloud connectivity capabilities include:
New Network Content - 20 OAGIS standards-based canonicals, 69 productized maps that support cross-standard interoperability with X12, EDIFACT and other standard formats.
New Software Functionality - Support of end-to-end interchange of a transaction across de-coupled productized maps and tools to develop canonicals, productized maps and map deviations.
According to David Connelly, CEO, Open Applications Group, his company is committed to building the open standards for mobile, cloud, business to business, and enterprise interoperability, and E2open’s solution was perfect for Open Applications Group. He concluded, “E2open’s use of product maps that interoperate with other industry standards and OAGIS-based canonicals addresses an untapped capability in the market. This solution has the potential to accelerate trading partner connectivity across many industries.”
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