The new technology was needed to support IDEA Exchange, an electronic data interchange (EDI) solution that enables IDEA’s customers to quickly, easily and securely exchange electronic business documents, such as purchase orders and invoices, with their suppliers and customers. Guzik described the requirement. “We were looking to provide more managed or outsourced EDI services. Many companies within our channel are considering outsourcing their EDI. We could do some mapping and some hosted connections, but we didn’t have a full managed services offering.”
After a rigorous evaluation process, IDEA selected OpenText™ Alloy™ to help deliver its data exchange solution. Along with a managed services approach, Alloy facilitates data integration activities, including B2B, MFT, A2A and hybrid integration. The platform offers any-to-any translation capabilities, best-in-class mapping software, built-in data security and the ability to handle data from all sources in any format. The platform is part of the OpenText™ Business Network, which processes trillions in commerce every year and connects more than a million businesses globally.
By deploying the Alloy platform, IDEA has the relevant technology it needs to grow its managed services offering with advanced mapping abilities, standardized file requirements, global support and industry expertise. Using Alloy to power its Exchange solution, IDEA can offer electrical distributors and manufacturers the technology and expert resources they need to strengthen partner relationships and provide better service.
For example, IDEA customers now benefit from Alloy’s comprehensive features, including its advanced mapping functionality. Guzik said that EDI mapping allows data to be translated to different file formats. “Previously, we had specialized mapping needs that we couldn’t meet with our current providers, so we ended up not being able to take that business. With OpenText Alloy’s mapping system, we now have unlimited opportunities as far as mapping needs. There is no barrier to a partner being able to trade electronically because everything can be mapped and converted into the desired format.”