X.400 is basically e-mail on steroids. The addressing is extremely structured, perhaps too structured, for most of us to use. For example, if you wanted to send me e-mail at my X.400 address you would send to:
Try putting that on a business card!
ECGrid and Hubbub seamlessly and transparently incorporate X.400 into your mailbox, providing you with the greatest benefits of the protocol without the complexities. So what does that all really mean?
X.400 topology is very different than SMTP which connects on the fly. With X.400 there are no DNS or MX records and each MTA must be manually configured to connect to other MTAs.
Backing up a bit here for those not in the know, MTAs are mail servers, and there are two basic types: ADMDs and PRMDs. ADMDs are network providers – Administrative Management Domains (the “A” part of the address). PRMDs are company servers – Private Management Domains (the “P” part of the address).
The vast majority of PRMDs subscribe to a single ADMD to which they connect. Then the ADMDs do the routing directly with other PRMDs on its network and with other ADMDs through interconnects.
For the techie curious, check out more than you need to know about X.400 on Wikipedia:
Similar to the interconnect connection with your router, this is also how EDI routes through VANs. The major difference is that X.400 is e-mail and that makes two major differences between EDI over X.400 ADMDs and EDI through VANs:
The big X.400 ADMD players in Europe are Deutsche Telekom, France Telecom/Orange and KPN (formerly owned by British Telecom). In the US, ECGrid is an ANSI registered ADMD and maintains interconnects with the above European ADMDs and several other smaller ones.
This allows ECGrid and Hubbub subscribers to seamlessly transact EDI business with their European trading partners – we take care of all the e-mail addressing, packaging etc., so X.400 is transparently part of your mailbox.]]>
Lead by Commander, Lt. Col. Anthony Kuczynski, the mission of DET 1, is not unlike Loren Data’s. Tasked with finding ways to lower costs of ongoing USAF training operations, world-wide, DET1 harnesses the power of innovation along with both traditional and state of the art tools to fabricate parts for training and simulation exercises.
Loren Data’s relationship with the USAF goes back nearly a quarter of a century to 1992, when as a young company Loren Data was awarded a Air Force-wide contract to develop a state-of-the-art procurement system. With this honor, Loren Data looks forward to supporting our military for the next 25 years.]]>
The EDI relationship has frequently been characterized as a Hub & Spoke model, and we have seen major companies (often referred to as 800lb gorillas) dictating EDI to their vendors and suppliers. The future growth of EDI depends on midmarket enterprises entering the market as the new Hubs. Learning from what worked and did not work in the past, along with leveraging the substantial EDI ecosystem will be instrumental in the success of the next growth phase in this market.
Together we will explore the Technology Adoption Life-Cycle in a new perspective of how it applies to EDI, what it is to be a Hub, the challenges of being a Spoke, and a roadmap to the exciting explosive growth phase just ahead.
The Full NEECOM May Agenda can be found at www.neecom.org – There will be 10 different speakers/topics related to B2B/EDI/E-Commerce on May 11th and 12th in Westborough MA at the Doubletree Hotel. Contact us for discounted rates for first time attendees.
Day 1 – $95/members…. $195/non-members
Day 2 – $150/members … $250/non-members
The New England Electronic Commerce Users’ Group (NEECOM), formerly the New England EDI Users’ Group (NEEDI), is a nonprofit organization established in 1990. Today our members are large and small organizations in a variety of industries. Our members include manufacturers, distributors, retailers, hospitals, insurance companies, motor carriers, universities, banks and government agencies. The common thread is our interest in EC/EDI and related technologies. We welcome companies who are at any stage in their implementation of Electronic Commerce.
About Todd Gould, CEO & Founder of Loren Data Corp.
A trailblazing software engineer and communications system architect with 40 years of experience, Todd builds innovative technology solutions that transform the EDI space. Learning to program in 1974 in FORTRAN on LAUSD’s IBM 360, continuing through Pomona College’s IBM 4341, UCLA’s 3090 and then on to DOS, dBASE II, dBASE III, Clipper, NetWare, Macintosh, Windows and beyond; Todd and the industry grew up together.
His seminal work, creating an advanced EDI network messaging system, ECGrid (messaging platform) and ECGridOS (web services API), has revolutionized the industry. The latest product, Hubbub, mashes up EDI with Social Networking.
Today, Todd is well-known for his advocacy of a well interconnected and robust EDI market. He continues to push the EDI industry to be more open, more versatile, and more innovative. Todd currently sits on the Board of Directors of ASC X12.
Outside of Loren Data, Todd is an active philanthropist and sailor. He and his wife, Jennifer, started The Barbaro-Gould Foundation, a 501(c)(3) dedicated the global exchange of culture through art, music, literature and film. Todd and Jen charter sailboats around the world, combining their love of the sea with their compassion for people.
First, the new brand for Loren Data:
Since 1987 the Loren Data brand has stood for integrity, reliability and dedication to our customers. As we start into our 30th year, we continue to live by our founding principles.
Next, a new look for ECGrid, our premier EDI Interconnect Network since 2000. The ECGrid brand continues to stand for reliable core EDI messaging for the EDI service provider industry, including Cloud and SAAS providers, system integrators, VARs and consultants.
With ECGrid we leave the value added to the many talented companies out there who specialize in all sorts of technology and industry verticals. You can see a great example of those offerings on our new Enhanced Solutions page.
One thing we have learned in 16 years of running ECGrid is that Trading Partners Matter. Our new brand offering, Hubbub, is our gift to the EDI community. With a free account on Hubbub, any EDI user can manage their trading partner community setting up their own portal including contact information, listing VAN or Service Provider mailbox accounts and uploading their AS2 configuration data. The end user can then invite and share that information with their trading partner community – all for free.
Additionally and optionally, on Hubbub if you want a great hosted mailbox with unified VAN and AS2, harnessing all the reliability and power of ECGrid under the hood, for an amazing, great and honest price, you can set that up on Hubbub, too! It is just a click away.
With all that, I invite you to explore our new website at http://LD.com. Please comment and let me know what you think.
All of us at Loren Data would like to extend our sincere gratitude and appreciation for the service and contributions that the New England Electronic Commerce Users’ Group has provided to the EDI community over the last quarter century.
We wish our best to everyone at today’s 25th Anniversary Fall Conference in Westborough, MA.
May the next 25 years be as exciting as the first.
Today’s kudos go to Don Nguyen in the EDI Admin/Support department at Fry’s Electronics.
Two months ago Don approached us with a problem sending back AS2 Asynch MDNs to our SuperHUB AS2 system. Frequently, our system would close out the connection before completing the response. We started digging and found a collision bug in the built in AS2 handler. We made corrections, but could not put it into the production environment for some time (unusual for us). To my personal embarrassment, Don had to stay on us to keep this at the top of our priorities (there were a flurry of technical glitches in February). To his credit, he was always professional in a situation where I personally would have started getting annoyed.
We finally got the update in place. Unfortunately and puzzlingly, the problem persisted. This is the stuff that gets real hackers going. Getting to the hidden problem takes a good partner on the other end to provide continuous feedback and a good attitude. Don provided both. He stuck with us and always got back to me with helpful information in a timely manner.
Finally, working together we uncovered the problem. Not to get too technical, but the sample code that we based our AS2 system on included a connection close method immediately after flushing the buffer. For some reason the flushed buffer would not always make it back to the client before the close method killed the connection. We removed the forced close and, voila! the system functioned like it was supposed to.
For his great attitude, patience and helpfulness, my “hero of the week” award goes to Don Nguyen at Fry’s Electronics.
President & CEO
Loren Data Corp.
Now that we avoided the apocalypse, it is time for us, the leaders of the industry, to deliver the next generation of B2B automation.
In the coming months Loren Data will begin rolling out the next evolution of the EDI VAN, one that is more user and developer friendly, more extensible and a better fit for the third decade of Internet possibilities. Stay tuned for many announcements…you will be amazed.
Thank you for sticking with me and Loren Data through the biggest crises our industry has ever seen.
Whether you are a developer, consultant, service provider or end user, all of us at Loren Data are dedicated to helping you grow your business.
Industry and Customer First – Always
President & CEO