- The 2-way EDI Translator
that automates your e-Business
Catalyst:Map is an optional module of the
TrustedLink for Windows (TLW) software suite, providing a tightly integrated
solution for all your EDI requirements. While TLW provides communications,
message processing, and system administration functions,
furnishes the link between your business applications and EDI-formatted data.
It converts data from your user applications (such as accounting, inventory
system, database, or spreadsheet software) into outgoing EDI documents (such
as EDI purchase orders, invoices, or shipping notices etc.)
That information is then ready for
transmission via TLW to your desired trading partner or EDI network.
Similarly, Catalyst:Map converts incoming EDI-formatted data into files that
are formatted specifically for your business applications.
The 2-way EDI Translator
that automates your e-Business
Messages ready for exchange
Message received from your Trading Partners
input automated for your applications
A powerful development tool for EDI
system developer !
What is Data Mapping?
The integration of EDI documents with your
applications is known as mapping. To facilitate these data mapping functions,
Inovis Catalyst:Map and Harbinger STMAP
also provides online dictionaries of EDI standards (both ANSI ASC X.12 and
UN/EDIFACT). Each version and release of a standard document (such as version
4010 of the X.12 840 transaction set) contains all possible segments and data
elements defined for that transaction set. Catalyst:Map/STMAP enables your EDI
systems programmers and administrators can do the following:
- Codify information about your applications
and trading partners
- Create maps that define the relationship of
this codified information
- Maintain the maps whenever requirements
A map defines the relationship between two
types of data files:
- Text files containing data in an EDI
- Data files containing data in a format
that can be accessed by your business applications
The map provides detailed instructions to the
translator software on how to extract information from one file and where to
place it in the other.
Catalyst:Map / STMAP can convert data in two
- Outbound - from your application
file to an EDI file ready for exchange
- Inbound - from an EDI file to your
Maps are mono-directional. For example, if you
transmit purchase orders and also receive purchase orders, you will require
two maps for an X.12 850 transaction set: one for transmitting (outbound), and
one for receiving (inbound).
Map definition is the process by which you
specify the relationship between a given field in the application data and its
corresponding field in an EDI file. For example, your accounting software can
create a file containing information for a purchase order: the purchase order
number, date, the products being ordered, etc. Each data item must appear in a
specific location within the EDI document that will be transmitted.
Map execution (or running) is the process by
which Catalyst:Map translates data files to or from EDI format, using the
rules and instructions embedded within the map. You can also test your map by
running it within Catalyst:Map before transmission.
Other impressive capabilities built into the
application mapping tool include:
- Rapid EDI and application data conversion and
- Reading dBase, FoxPro, Paradox, or Cobol data
structure from your application for inclusion in a Map
- Concatenation or substring of fields in the EDI
transaction or applications database
- Table and file cross-referencing
e.g., EACH from your application
can be translated in EA for X.12 standard
- Conditional testing, including loop processing
e.g., if/then/else statements
- Arithmetic operations on user selected fields
e.g., utilizing LINECOUNT for your IT101
in your invoice (810)
- Accessing of system information for inclusion in
e.g., bringing in the system date and
- Data definition, mapping logic, and rule sharing
- Single map maintenance for all trading partners for
each transaction type
- Processing "HL" loops and other similar
Catalyst:Map / STMAP presents a graphical user interface comprising
many different tools for developing any maps. You will use these tools
repeatedly, as needed, during a cyclical process of defining, testing, and
refining your work. When these maps are ready to be moved into the
production environment, you will integrate them with TrustedLink Windows.
Who can use
The processing of data through a completed Map using TLW is
quite easy. Developing a Map requires a working knowledge of EDI data
structure, and familiarity with the logical structure of the application file
that will be used. Programming experience of any sort will also help.
Catalyst:Map and TLW
used together provide seamless unattended operations, extensive status
reporting, minimal trading partner maintenance, access to any network, Data
entry and printing capabilities, and support for any industry participating in
standards-based EDI (UN/EDIFACT, ANSI X12, Odette, to name just a few).
See it and you'll believe it! Please
contact our Business Solution department
on +852 27713533 for demonstration and EDI consultation.