EDI directly from the ERP system WinLine
ERP producer mesonic integrates ecosio.ERPEL
“We have been involved with ERPEL’s development since the beginning, so integrating it in our ERP system was easy.”
Dr. Gerald Schnabl, Managing Director mesonic
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.
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 ERPEL, 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 ERPEL research project.
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.ERPEL infrastructure was laid. As an active ERP producer with expert insight, mesonic provided essential input regarding ERPEL 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.ERPEL remain state of the art.
The best-practice solution: ecosio.ERPEL
ecosio.ERPEL has been integrated in mesonic’s WinLine since version 10.2. ERPEL acts as the interface and enables EDI directly from WinLine’s user interface. “We have been involved with ERPEL’s development since the beginning, so integrating it in our ERP system was easy”, reports mesonic MD Gerald Schnabl.
The ERPEL interface allows the ecosio.MessagingHub (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 ERPEL-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 ERPEL with their clients, and feedback is very positive”, confirms Gerald Schnabl.
Since ecosio.ERPEL’s market readiness, ecosio has been dedicated to integrating it comprehensively in ERP systems. ecosio.ERPEL’s defining feature is that it allows direct communication with other ERPEL-able ERP systems using native ERPEL document formats, so that ERPEL 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.ERPEL 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 ERPEL interface and ecosio services is more cost efficient than using a direct connection”, explains Marco Zapletal, ecosio CTO.
“ecosio. ERPEL 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 ERPEL 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 ERPEL 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 ERPEL interface and ecosio services is more cost efficient than using a direct connection.”
Marco Zapletal, Managing Director, ecosio GmbH