ACOM Solutions, Inc. Ships EZConnect 8.0 EDI-XML Translation Software with Simplified Data Mapping, Online Syntax-Checking

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The popular EZConnect EDI-XML B2B e-commerce solution form ACOM Solutions, Inc. has been enhanced with a new drag-and-drop interface and other user convenience features that make the mapping of electronic documents easier and faster. Customers save significantly by mapping their owndocuments rather than incurring consulting fees. The affordable solution is in daily use by more than 150 corporations, including both SMB and Fortune 500 firms.

Early response tells us that Version 8.0 is not only easier to use than previous versions of EZConnect, but that it is also more powerful and more flexible than competing products

ACOM Solutions, Inc. has commenced shipment of Version 8.0 of its EZConnect EDI-XML data translation and connectivity solution, with drag-and-drop data mapping and online syntax-checking among the ease-of-use features incorporated in the new release, it was announced today by Sam Mikhail, vice president. With the addition of the GUI-based interface, EZConnect is an even more viable option for mid-tier companies engaged in electronic commerce, Mikhail said.

In production at more than 150 corporations to facilitate B2B e-commerce, EZConnect is a Windows based, any-to-any data translation, data management and complete partner communications platform. It supports direct integration to one or multiple databases as well as flat file and XML interfaces to applications, and it is compliant with all EDI standards, including ANSI X.12 and EDIFACT. It also supports various forms of XML data formats.

"The drag-and-drop user interface creates an intuitive and extremely flexible user experience," Mikhail said. "The on-screen presentation is easy to understand as well as customizable to user preferences, providing unprecedented user control. It dramatically simplifies the addition of new trading partners to the B2B e-commerce initiative as well as making changes to existing data maps. It also makes it easier to map flat files to and from the ANSI X.12 documents in use."

Using the on-line syntax-checking capability, users can validate commands and check their EDI mapping for errors online and interactively via a split screen, with the software taking the mapper directly to errors for repair. Previously, it would have been necessary to bring the system up to production mode before being able to isolate anomalies.

The upgrade to EZConnect Version 8.0 is available without charge to existing users under maintenance contracts and can be ordered by contacting ACOM. Any necessary professional services are chargeable at the normal rate.

"Early response tells us that Version 8.0 is not only easier to use than previous versions of EZConnect, but that it is also more powerful and more flexible than competing products," Mikhail said. "It helps users to get started with their own mapping and changes once we have completed training and installed the first couple of maps.

EZConnect is compatible with all ERP/Accounting software suites as well as data transports, including value-added networks (VANs), proprietary networks and the Internet. Importantly, it accommodates the AS-2 e-commerce protocol, which normally is a condition for doing business with Wal-Mart.

EZConnect users range from large manufacturers such as Lockheed to mid-size firm such as St. George Crystal, Inc., SK Foods, Inc. and Leopold & Stevens, Inc. in the U.S. and CanWel Distribution, Ltd. and Hospital Logistics, Inc. in Canada.    

About ACOM Solutions, Inc.

Now in its 23rd year of business, ACOM Solutions, Inc. develops and implements advanced modular software systems for document output management, enterprise content management, secure corporate payments, and B2B EDI/XML e-commerce applications, marketing them domestically and through overseas partners. Corporate headquarters are in Long Beach, California; System i Software Division headquarters are in Duluth, Georgia; and regional offices are located in several major U.S. cities. For more information call 800-699-5758; email, or visit    .


Mark Firmin


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