mesonic

mesonic

ERP system with export/import of ecosio API documents

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EDI directly from the ERP system WinLine

mesonic is a leading producer of ERP software in German-speaking countries. Since its foundation in 1978, the company has relied exclusively on its own product developments. Today, mesonic’s roughly 100 employees and 280 distributors in 4 locations serve approximately 10,000 clients worldwide.

“We have been involved with ecosio API’s development since the beginning, so integrating it in our ERP system was easy.”

DR. GERALD SCHNABL, MANAGING DIRECTOR MESONIC

EDI integrated with ERP

mesonic recognized early on that automated, electronic data exchange is central to economic success, and therefore aimed to expand its product palette – which allowed for exporting data via a batch interface – to include this asset. In line with mesonic’s policy of in-house product development, Managing Director Dr. Gerald Schnabl joined a Vienna University of Technology research project, through which ecosio API, a solution for integrating EDI in ERP systems, was being developed by the future founders of ecosio. mesonic soon became an industry partner for the direct EDI integration research project.

Successful cooperation

It was through this project, sponsored by the Austrian Research Promotion Agency and awarded as second place project in the ICT division, that the theoretical foundation for today’s ecosio API infrastructure was laid. As an active ERP producer with expert insight, mesonic provided essential input regarding ecosio API documents and service interfaces. The cooperation that began at the Vienna University of Technology evolved into a business partnership, and mesonic’s continued insights have helped ecosio API remain state of the art.

The best-practice solution: ecosio API

ecosio API has been integrated in mesonic’s WinLine since version 10.2. ecosio API acts as the interface and enables EDI directly from WinLine’s user interface. “We have been involved with ecosio API’s development since the beginning, so integrating it in our ERP system was easy”, reports mesonic MD Gerald Schnabl.

The ecosio API interface allows the ecosio Integration Hub (messaging control center for EDI) to be integrated directly into the ERP system, so companies are equipped for all EDI requirements, regardless of whether the business partner has an ecosio API-capable ERP system. Set up efforts and EDI know-how requirements are minimal, since the EDI application is an integrated module in mesonic’s system.

ecosio’s service makes all EDI functions available to WinLine users, with minimal configuration effort in developing templates:

  • Supports any business partner communication protocols (X.400, AS2, OFTP2, SFTP, etc.)
  • Supports any business partner document formats (EDIFACT, CSV, ebInterface, ZUGFeRD (inbound and outbound), UBL, various other XML dialects, FlatText, etc.)
  • Supports special requirements including digital signatures, etc.
  • Proven ecosio end-to-end monitoring directly from the mesonic WinLine user interface

“Several of our distributors are successfully employing ecosio API with their clients, and feedback is very positive”, confirms Gerald Schnabl.

Since ecosio API’s market readiness, ecosio has been dedicated to integrating it comprehensively in ERP systems. ecosio API’s defining feature is that it allows direct communication with other ERP systems using native ecosio API document formats, so that ecosio API documents (offers, orders, invoices, delivery notes) can be exchanged (sent and received) without entry costs or mapping costs. ecosio’s pay-per-use system means significant savings for clients.

“ecosio API makes EDI easier and more affordable”

CHRISTOPH EBM, MANAGING DIRECTOR, ecosio GMBH

Additionally, the solution grows along with a company’s requirements – they pay only for the connections actually needed and can always add more. It goes without saying that all communication with all EDI partners (national and international) takes place using secure connections.

As a full-service EDI provider, ecosio takes over all necessary steps to onboard a company’s trading partners. With ecosio managing all technical and administrative communication with business partners, companies save financial and personnel resources to build up and continually update in-house know-how.

“For a variety of fee-based third party networks such as X.400, using the ecosio API interface and ecosio services is more cost efficient than using a direct connection”, explains Marco Zapletal, ecosio CTO.

“Direct EDI integration makes EDI easier and more affordable than other solutions” says CEO Christoph Ebm. “Companies not only save several thousand Euros they would have spent purchasing their own EDI converter software, they also save working hours for the maintenance and care of an in-house EDI system”.

“Several of our distributors are successfully employing ecosio API with their clients, and feedback is very positive.”

DR. GERALD SCHNABL, MANAGING DIRECTOR MESONIC

A strong business partnership

The successful product cooperation that begin with the direct EDI integration research project has evolved into a strong business relationship: “I like ecosio’s thoughtful approach”, says Gerald Schnabl: “After first thoroughly understanding ERP producers’ exact requirements, they tailored the product accordingly. That made a lot of sense – and was a perfect match for our high quality standards!”

“For a variety of fee-based third party networks such as X.400, using the ecosio API interface and ecosio services is more cost efficient than using a direct connection.”

MARCO ZAPLETAL, MANAGING DIRECTOR, ecosio GMBH

In a nutshell

ecosio PARTNERSHIP – THE ADVANTAGES

  • Innovative add-on for maximum customer value
  • Integrated in mesonic’s WinLine
  • One central interface for all EDI partners
  • No complicated interface programming
  • Minimal EDI entry costs

WHAT MESONIC OFFERS

  • ecosio API requires the mesonic e-Billing module
  • No initial or mapping costs, only transaction fees
  • Proven ecosio end-to-end monitoring directly from mesonic’s WinLine user interface

FACTS AND FIGURES

  • Start of direct EDI integration research project, development of marketability, application testing benchmark: 2011 – 2014
  • ecosio API in use in mesonic WinLine since 2015

ecosio API (TECHNICAL DETAILS)

  • Supports any business partner communication protocol (X.400, AS2, OFTP2, SFTP, etc.)
  • Supports any business partner document format (EDIFACT, CSV, ebInterface, ZUGFeRD (inbound and outbound), UBL, various other XML dialects, FlatText,…)
  • Supports specific requirements including digital signatures, etc.

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