Electronic business processes lead to more effectiveness. eBusiness is no longer the future, but should be available to all in the construction industry, whether manufacturers, distributors or processors.

Which process areas could this be, for example?

  • Creation and import of product data into the merchandise management system (ERP)
  • Customers can simulate an order and receive their special purchase price and availability information
  • Customers send an electronic order, which is read directly into your ERP
  • Online systems, such as electronic product catalogs or eShops, receive the current list or customer-specific price of a product
  • Configurators deliver the results directly to the ERP
  • Configurators show the customer-specific price

Synchronous web service data interfaces are modern and established ways of exchanging data over the Internet.

What does synchronous mean?

An IT system (service client) sends its request to a web service and waits to receive a response – that is, the service client and web service communicate directly in real time. This is similar to a chat between you and a business partner.

What does asynchronous mean?

An IT system (service client) sends its data packet to a predefined location and places it there. As soon as this happens, a so-called “listener” is activated, which in turn initiates follow-up processes. The communication is thus interrupted repeatedly. A similar example would be an email that you send to a business partner.

For electronic data exchange, it would therefore be ideal to receive an immediate response to requests – for example, for a current customer price or for the inventory of a product.

Data should be sent directly, consistently, quickly and securely to a variety of systems, whether in-house, with customers or suppliers, for immediate reuse – any system should be able to meet this standard today. This is the only way to achieve the best possible optimization of business processes and a flawless exchange of information. Xavannah has been offering such “data clearing services” for years through xdeClearing.

Not all ERP vendors on the market can offer you a synchronous data exchange. This is often due to the mostly obsolete technology being used. That is why most ERP vendors love to use asynchronous EDI interchange services and not these modern solutions or cutting-edge technologies.

Therefore, Xavannah offers another electronic tool for customers, which significantly simplifies the electronic ordering: xdeEasyConnect.

This was created at the end of 2018 as part of a pilot project “SAP Integration at gral-Systeme GmbH”.

What exactly is xdeEasyConnect? That's easy!

xdeEasyConnect is a small, Windows-based piece of software from Xavannah that you can get free of charge. It checks at a local storage location (for example, c:/xdeEasyConnect/…or via FTP) that you specify whether there is a new file there, which is then immediately sent to xdeClearing by Xavannah. Nothing more!

Why do you need this?

That’s easy. If your ERP system does not support an electronic order function, you can save order files as a CSV file. This CSV file is sent by xdeEasyConnect directly to Xavannah xdeClearing.

The xdeClearing converts the file into the specific SAP order format of the gral systems and immediately forwards your order electronically.
In addition, xdeClearing will generate an email that will be sent as an order confirmation to an email address you have defined. All communication between the xdeClearing and the target system is encrypted.

Of course, the conversion can be realized in almost all other formats, not just for an SAP system as it is running on a pilot project!

With xdeEasyConnect you are always on the safe side! The software will only send data from the storage location you specify. We provide you with the source code so that you can check it at any time and always know exactly what our software is doing.

What would the alternatives be?

  • You send your order CSV file to an FTP server at Xavannah instead of working with the xdeEasyConnect.
    Installation work for the software would be obsolete (here, of course, Xavannah supports you).
  • You order directly through your ERP system.
  • You continue to order by e-mail or fax - do you really want that?

Simple functions description

* An ERP system is a merchandise management system. For example, from SAP, A+W, Hanic, Lisec, FeneTech, bitec etc.

  • xdeEasyConnect detects whether there is an order CSV generated by the "in-house" ERP in a local order storage location
  • xdeEasyConnect sends this order file to the xdeClearing
  • xdeEasyClearing converts the order into the appropriate supplier order format
  • xdeEasyClearingsends the order to the supplier server in the appropriate order format
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