ERP system with direct EDI integration.

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BMD is a business software producer, and one of the leading software companies in Austria. Founded in 1972 in Steyr, today the company has over 400 employees and 27,000 customers in Austria and its neighboring countries.

“For me, ecosio API is the most important step taken in recent years toward establishing new EDI standards in Austria.”


ecosio API equals success

BMD is setting new benchmarks by being one of the first ERP producers in Austria to integrate ecosio API, ecosio’s innovative solution for networking financial accounting / ERP systems. Dr. Jürgen Palkoska, Development Director for merchandise managing systems at BMD, reflects on the early days of this successful cooperation: “We began cooperating with ecosio through the direct EDI integration research project, through which ecosio API was developed together with the Vienna University of Technology and other ERP producers. Our goal was to establish new standards for electronic data interchange and increase client value.” Dr. Marco Zapletal and Dr. Philipp Liegl were driving forces on the project. “It was clear from the beginning that BMD would integrate the ecosio API interface in our ERP system”, Palkoska reports. ERP producers had long faced a challenge: “Whenever supplier and client used differing ERP software, we had to find a solution to synchronize the two. Programming these interfaces was costly.” The question was, “how can we allow different systems to communicate with each other in an easy and cost-efficient manner?” ecosio API provided the ideal solution. Palkoska tells us: “For me, ecosio API is the most important step taken in recent years toward establishing new EDI standards in Austria.”

NTCS integrates ecosio API

ecosio API is now integrated in BMD’s NTCS ERP system, allowing a direct connection to the ecosio Integration Hub. “Our software communicates via the ecosio API interface, and the user doesn’t even notice. Sending, receiving, and monitoring are all rendered transparent thanks to the integrated interface.” A single prefabricated interface to the ecosio Integration Hub supports all EDI requirements. Where clients previously printed out and sent hardcopy invoices, the ERP system now sends electronic invoices in the background using ecosio API. Receiving new messages is just as simple: new messages are automatically retrieved by ecosio Integration Hub.

The cooperation between BMD and ecosio is a classic win-win situation. Whereas in the past, individual programming incurred high costs, ecosio can now affordably provide the majority of EDI interfaces. EDI is now easier than ever: all EDI requirements can be conveniently mapped using ecosio managed EDI services.

“The direct EDI integration makes our clients 100% EDI ready” emphasizes Marco Zapletal, ecosio’s Head of Technology. “ecosio API not only connects to ecosio API, but also to all other existing EDI systems.” The ecosio API interface allows documents to be sent straight to the ecosio Integration Hub and transferred from there to the recipient, either in ecosio API format or in any format required by the partner. ERP systems with ecosio API support are also perfectly equipped to connect with business partners that prefer classic EDI solutions like EDIFACT via X.400 or AS2 The ecosio Integration Hub manages conversions and delivery via the desired communication protocol, making it easy to exchange offers, invoices, orders, or shipping notices via EDI, any time. A further advantage of the system is its minimal setup and transmission costs, which makes it suitable for enterprises of all sizes. BMD and ecosio are currently developing a further interface for master data and catalogue exchange, to be released at the end of 2015. It goes without saying that all communication will be transferred via a secure connection.

“ecosio is the perfect partner for all things EDI! We continue to optimise our EDI module and are looking forward to developing even more innovative solutions for our clients with ecosio”, confirms Palkoska.

“The direct EDI integration makes our clients 100% EDI ready.”


In a nutshell


  • EDI experts who can tailor solutions to client needs
  • Excellent customer service
  • One contact partner – one EDI partner – one central interface
  • ecosio API is integrated as a native feature in any ERP system
  • Innovative add-on for maximum client value
  • No complicated interface programming
  • Minimum initial costs and mapping costs


  • Support for any business partner communication protocol (X.400, AS2, OFTP2, SFTP, etc.)
  • Support for any business partner document format (EDIFACT, CSV, ebInterface, ZUGFeRD – inbound and outbound, UBL, various other XML dialects, FlatText, etc.)
  • Support for specific requirements, including digital signature
  • Proven ecosio end-to-end monitoring using the BMD user interface
  • Direct communication with other BMD clients and clients with other ecosio API-enabled systems to exchange offers, orders, invoices, shipping orders, etc.
  • Exchange (send / receipt) of BMD price catalogs, both partial and complete, and conversion to EDIFACT PRICAT as needed.

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