SOURCE: DataDirect Technologies

November 20, 2007 10:23 ET

DataDirect Technologies' XML Converters Enable Edict Systems to Bring eBusiness Technologies to Market Faster

Company Replaces Manual Mapping With Componentized EDI System Incorporating XML and .NET

BEDFORD, MA--(Marketwire - November 20, 2007) - DataDirect Technologies, the unparalleled leader in data connectivity and mainframe integration and an operating company of Progress Software Corporation (NASDAQ: PRGS), today announced that Edict Systems, a leading provider of B2B electronic commerce solutions for companies and their trading communities, has achieved faster time to market and improved performance for Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) services using the standards-based DataDirect XML Converters™ products.

Edict Systems offers Web-based EDI technologies to help companies of all sizes maximize the value of EDI. Web-EDI is a low-cost subscription-based service that lets customers participate in EDI-based commerce without having to purchase, manage or install EDI integration software. For larger organizations with higher EDI traffic demands, the company provides customized hosted data translation services. Through these offerings and others, Edict Systems manages thousands of electronic business relationships which exchange millions of business transactions and account for billions of dollars in commerce.

Taking a customer-centric approach, Edict Systems tailored the Web-EDI product based on individual customer's needs and distinct industry requirements. With a growing customer base, a company culture built around innovation and a dedication to client service, Edict Systems realized it needed to remove the burden of custom coding and maintenance. To do this, Edict Systems used a more componentized .NET Web service approach to modernize its EDI processing infrastructure, utilizing the DataDirect XML Converters to eliminate redundant, labor-intensive mapping.

"We're always looking for ways to utilize new technologies to innovate and improve our product and increase client satisfaction even more," said Greg Gohlke, director of product development at Edict Systems. "We found that by using the DataDirect XML Converters we were able to significantly reduce the resources necessary for mapping data. This has dramatically reduced our time to market for our EDI mapping functions which allows us to be even more competitive in our industry."

The DataDirect XML Converters products are high-performance Java™ and .NET components that provide bi-directional, programmatic access to virtually any non-XML file including EDI, flat files and other legacy formats. The DataDirect XML Converters products can be easily embedded into any application for translation and provides seamless integration for relational, XML and flat file types. In the newly architected Web-EDI platform, the DataDirect XML Converters provided the bi-directional streaming conversion of XML to X12 EDI.

Using the DataDirect XML Converters products, Edict Systems was able to:

--  Generate schemas through a wizard in only minutes, whereas custom
    coding often took several days or longer
--  Support current EDI specifications as well as older versions of the
--  Leverage DataDirect Technologies' XML expertise and award-winning
    product support representatives and software developers.

"DataDirect Technologies' XML Converters products in tandem with the DataDirect Xquery® product provide a powerful one-two punch for organizations looking to modernize their legacy EDI integration infrastructure and enable partner and B2B integration," said Robert Evelyn, vice president of strategy and general manager of the XML product group at DataDirect Technologies. "With DataDirect Technologies' industry-standard products, organizations can create robust trading partner networks that can easily adapt to changing business partner requirements."

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About DataDirect Technologies

DataDirect Technologies is the software industry's only comprehensive provider of software for connecting the world's most critical business applications to data and services, running on any platform, using proven and emerging standards. Developers worldwide depend on DataDirect® products to connect their applications to an unparalleled range of data sources using standards-based interfaces such as ODBC, JDBC™ and ADO.NET, XQuery and SOAP. More than 300 leading independent software vendors and thousands of enterprises rely on DataDirect Technologies to simplify and streamline data connectivity for distributed systems and to reduce the complexity of mainframe integration. DataDirect Technologies is an operating company of Progress Software Corporation (NASDAQ: PRGS). For more information, visit

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