Providing The Energy Sector With Secure and Reliable EDI Solutions

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EDI is the ideal solution for the secure exchange of information between all types of utilities and petroleum-related trading partners. DataTrans has developed the EDI and e-Commerce solutions necessary for today's competitive energy sector.

DataTrans Solutions, a leading provider of Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) and e-commerce solutions, announced today that it has implemented EDI solutions to automate and streamline the typical repetitive business transactions that occur between Gas and Electric Distribution Utilities and suppliers. These transactions include Enrollment, Usage Requests, Change or Drop Requests, Meter Data, Invoices and Remittance Advices.

DataTrans Solutions' experience in the energy sector includes providing solutions to manage translation of these messages as well as the underlying communications protocol required. The company's solutions are in compliance with all versions of North American Energy Standards Board (NAESB, formally known as GISB) and other data communications standards. The GISB EDM standard was initially developed by the Gas Industry Standards Board in 1996 to provide secure Internet transport of EDI.

EDI is the ideal solution for the secure exchange of information between all types of utilities-related trading partners. Many states have mandated that utility companies use EDI technology to send enrollments or to receive meter readings from transmission and distribution providers. However the cost of developing that technology to meet compliance in one state, let alone address inter-state transactions, is prohibitive for many organizations. Companies are increasingly seeing the benefits of outsourcing this process to EDI solution providers, such as DataTrans Solutions.

DataTrans EDI solutions include WebEDI which allows companies to manage the EDI process without having to purchase EDI software or learn the technical aspects of EDI. The company's Hosted EDI solution provides an integrated method of exchanging EDI. Thus, the EDI process is tied into internal applications to prevent re-keying or other manual processing. DataTrans also provides powerful and intuitive EDI software solutions for companies that need a more comprehensive EDI solution. Each of these solutions has the ability to utilize NAESB/GISB data communications capabilities developed by DataTrans. The company also provides consulting services to enhance its customers' EDI personnel and infrastructure.

"By rolling our reliable EDI solutions out to the wholesale and retail energy sector, we have provided an attractive and cost effective alternative to many of the current solution providers. Our EDI solutions allow our customers to quickly address EDI and data communications requirements without the need to hire personnel or implement and develop internal EDI systems." said Mike Franks, President of DataTrans Solutions.

About DataTrans Solutions:
DataTrans provides solutions for companies required to implement EDI for the reliable, secure exchange of transactions over the Internet between gas and electric utility trading partners. We have the expertise and experience to assist with the considerable data and transaction processing capabilities required. The benefits of selecting DataTrans Solutions include; connectivity solutions for energy market participants, support for state regulatory requirements, secure document exchange, improvements in operational efficiency, integration of the EDI process into internal applications and managed and monitored environment to insure reliability.

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