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XML-to-EDI links forged
By Tom Sullivan
BLUESTONE SOFTWARE, IN Philadelphia, and XML Solutions,
in Mclean, Va., have aligned to enable the real-time
exchange of data between EDI (electronic data interchange)
and XML-based systems.
"The solution is a common bridge from XML documents to
the old EDI," said John Capobianco, executive vice president
at Bluestone. "It can expand the scope of communication by
using XML as a standard vehicle [for data exchange]."
The integration of Bluestone's Total-e-B2B e-business
Integration Server with XML Solutions' XEDI Translator and
Schema Central will enable companies with EDI systems, which
previously communicated only with other EDI systems, to
conduct business with partners using XML.
Beyond EDI-to-XML data exchange, Bluestone and XML
Solutions aim to provide a means for companies to exchange
XML-to-XML and schema-to-schema data, according to
"This doesn't take the place of EDI. EDI works, there's
no need to replace it, but everything that companies build
today, they'll probably build in the new Internet
environment," Capobianco said.
is a senior writer at InfoWorld.