Network-based translation for electronic docs

A new service allows SMEs to extract data from their back-office systems and send it to trading partners over the Internet or private networks in almost any format.

GE Global eXchange Services has launched a service that allows small and medium-sized enterprises to extract data from their back-office systems and send it to trading partners over the Internet or private networks in almost any format.

The service, called Network-Based Translation, helps companies to participate in electronic marketplaces and supply chain networks by automatically sending and receiving business documents in extensible markup language (XML), electronic data exchange (EDI), or other formats specified by the recipient.

One barrier to small and medium-sized companies participating in exchanges or supply chain networks is the expense and complexity of translating data from back-office systems, such as enterprise resource planning (ERP), into a data format acceptable to the recipient.

GE Global eXchange Services’ (GXS) Network-Based Translation is designed to remove this barrier by performing the task of data translation as a centralised service, on a per-document basis.

For example, a medium-sized buyer wanting to participate in an e-marketplace could send an electronic purchase order from its ERP system securely through the Internet to GXS’s Network-Based Translation service. The service would then translate the purchase order into a specific version of XML and transport the document securely to the e-marketplace.

BrakePro, an Ontario, Canada-based manufacturer of friction products for the heavy duty transportation industry, currently uses GXS’s Network-Based Translation to exchange business documents with nearly 100 customers across two different industry exchanges.