SOURCE: DataDirect Technologies

September 17, 2007 09:00 ET

DataDirect Technologies' XML Converters Support Major Vertical Industries and Technical Standards for B2B Integration

Flexible, Bi-Directional XML Converters Enable Organizations to Meet Full Range of External Integration Needs

BEDFORD, MA--(Marketwire - September 17, 2007) - DataDirect Technologies, a leader in data connectivity and mainframe integration and an operating company of Progress Software Corporation (NASDAQ: PRGS), today announced its DataDirect XML Converters™ product supports leading electronic data interchange (EDI) standards and alternative formats including flat and binary files as adopted by vertical industries including retail, logistics, manufacturing, healthcare, government and financial services. The high-performance Java™ and .NET components provide bi-directional, programmatic access to virtually any non-XML file, helping enterprise architects create powerful trading partner networks that meet industry-specific and individual integration needs.

While EDI transactions account for the majority of worldwide commercial activity, XML-based alternatives are beginning to gain traction. According to the independent research report, "B2B Integration Trends: Message Formats," Forrester Research Inc., July 6, 2007, "stateful XML, stateless XML and even flat file exchanges are all projected to grow at a faster rate than EDI over the next several years." The independent research firm writes, "stateful XML transactions will be required for a growing number of B2B process-oriented transactions and they are projected to exceed the growth of EDI transactions over the next five years."

As more companies turn to XML for the exchange of mission-critical data with trading partners, to conduct e-commerce and to ease data aggregation and Service-Oriented Architectures (SOA) integration projects, they are seeking tools to easily convert legacy data formats into XML and back without a major re-architecting of their applications. Because DataDirect XML Converters support vertical industry and technical standards they provide users with a flexible mechanism to leverage the inherent advantages found in the dominant document standards of EDI, as well as supply-chain enablement best practices set by specific industries.

"To meet the diverse integration needs of trading partners, today's B2B infrastructures must support both new and old technologies," said Dr. Carlo Innocenti, XML Program Manager at DataDirect Technologies. "The DataDirect XML Converters allow for scalable, performant two-way conversion of EDI and other formats to XML and XML to EDI, serving to enhance or modernize existing EDI technology."

With support for standards-based SAX, StAX, XmlReader, XmlWriter, DOM and I/O streaming interfaces, DataDirect XML Converters can be easily embedded into any application for translation or as part of a chain of processing. DataDirect XML Converters plug into the DataDirect XQuery® product, an enterprise-grade XQuery processor that supports the W3C standard and allows data to be easily transformed, aggregated and enriched -- providing seamless integration for relational, XML and flat file types. DataDirect XML Converters offer a highly scalable streaming architecture to exceed the most demanding enterprise system requirements and support EDI standards X12, Electronic Data Interchange for Administration, Commerce and Transport (EDIFACT), International Air Transport Association (IATA) and binary files such as dBase, CSV, tab-delimited, Silk, etc.

"DataDirect Technologies recognizes the importance of industry standard support and leadership when it comes to delivering a reliable product that ensures our customers experience the fastest time to production," said Robert Evelyn, vice president of strategy and general manager of the XML product group at DataDirect Technologies. "In addition to IATA, HL7, SWIFT and X12 membership and product availability, DataDirect will look to align itself with new and emerging standards as they become available."

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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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