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XML Gateway Authors: Mamoon Yunus, Dirk Zwart, Rizwan Mallal, Mark O'Neill, Ron Schmelzer

Case Study

XML Translation Results in Improved Revenues for PVP

GoAnywhere Securely Handles File Movement and XML Translation on IBM i and JDEdwards World

Fast Growth Requires Scalable Software
Although a good problem to have - business growth at Professional Veterinary Products (PVP) presented new challenges, especially in a dynamic supply-chain environment that requires secure and fast data exchange with thousands of suppliers and clients. New requests for different data formats and ad-hoc reports were dramatically increasing from their trading partners, requiring PVP to either hire more development resources or find a commercial off-the-shelf solution.

Many of the data requests were not typical for their current JD Edwards World application, so PVP needed to do something quickly. They needed a managed file transfer (MFT) solution that would meet their immediate needs and have the Enterprise capabilities to keep up with their growth.

PVP had already been using Surveyor/400, the powerful database tool from Linoma Software for many years and was very happy with their service. When they learned about Linoma's GoAnywhere MFT product, it seemed like the perfect fit. GoAnywhere was designed to streamline and secure data transfers using a single point of control and administration. It included the parsing functions they needed including XML support.

New File Formats
The initial challenge was to transmit and receive order data in the new XML format among a number of suppliers and Web sites. XML was one of the new requirements based on its flexibility to capture data from Web sites and send it to processing systems. However, their current system could not read the tagged XML files. The only way to process the business critical data was through a text editor; manually extracting the data and placing it in the database. It was a very time-consuming and costly situation - automation and data translation was the only solution.

Linoma Software helped PVP configure the XML data feeds. GoAnywhere Director's browser-based interface made easy work of configuring the XML Tasks to parse the relevant fields. Further Tasks arranged the data and inserted it in to the proper database locations. GoAnywhere also automated other data transmissions and translations to the file formats requested by their trading partners.

Since the initial installation, Kurt Frickel, Manager of Midrange Systems says, "We continue to impress our customers with how fast we can deliver data requests. It's a flexible and easy-to-use product that can grow with our needs." The growing perception in the IT realm was that mid-range systems like the IBM i could not perform ad-hoc functions easily. With GoAnywhere, the data on the IBM system is quickly accessed, compiled and transmitted in the file formats required by PVP's business partners; eliminating the need for additional systems or applications.

Compliance and Data Security
When performing thousands of e-commerce transactions a day, compliance and data security concerns arose. The adaptability of GoAnywhere and its ability to secure transmissions using many different protocols has provided other benefits for PVP. GoAnywhere's role based security, auditing and encryption options have kept PVP in compliance with their Business Partners.

Financial transactions with banks and customers are no longer a security concern. PVP can compress and encrypt a file, then securely transfer it to a bank, customer, or bill printing service as part of an automated process. Accounting transactions originally ran nightly or weekly, but GoAnywhere can run them interactively based on set criteria or as part of a scheduled process. The ability to process bills faster and automate their delivery also means accounts are settled faster. When working with large suppliers and vendors - time is money.

Goals Accomplished
PVP accomplished their initial goals with GoAnywhere. They were able to exchange data with B2B and B2C partners, not hire additional staff; and complete everything quickly. "There are many things we do now that would have taken considerable time and resources before," adds Kurt.

More Stories By Dirk Zwart

Born in Canada and calling Nebraska home, Dirk primarily writes on the Technical side of the IT realm. Having written for years at Gateway Computer and as part of other large IT organizations, Dirk happily writes for Linoma Software. When not writing children's stories or stage scripts, you'll find Dirk out back in the vegetable garden or building yet another server for reasons unknown. Follow Dirk on Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn.