EDI Mapping

EDI data mapping with Altova MapForce

MapForce EDI Mapping Features:

  • Map EDI messages to and from XML, databases, flat files, Excel, and Web services
  • Full support for UN/EDIFACT, ANSI X12, Health Level 7 (HL7), SAP IDoc, IATA PADIS, and TRADACOMS
  • Map from EDI to EDI to convert EDIFACT files to X12, or update HL7 v2.x messages to version 3
  • Automate execution of EDI mappings with MapForce Server
  • Autogenerate source code for EDI transformations

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Graphical EDI Mapper

EDI standards have been the dominant format for e-commerce data exchange for decades, and give organizations a fast and accurate method of transmitting transaction data. EDI precedes prevalent integrated business technologies as ERP, CRM, many database formats, and many other supply chain enabling technologies, making data mapping and transformation an important component of any EDI implementation.

MapForce® 2017 is a graphical EDI mapper with native support for all of the prevalent business data formats in use today, including XML, databases, flat files, Excel, Web services, as well as the EDIFACT, X12, HL7, HIPAA X12, IDoc, and PADIS EDI transaction sets. Its highly intuitive interface enables EDI implementation specialists to visually design and execute mappings, or even generate code in Java, C++, or C# for recurrent transformations.

MapForce simplifies EDI data integration by allowing you to visually define mappings between EDIFACT, X12, HL7, HIPAA X12, IDoc, PADIS, or TRADACOMS and XML, databases, flat files, Excel, and other EDI systems, as well as Web services operations. This allows your organization to reap the benefits of exchanging information electronically – without increasing costs or the complexity of your application infrastructure.

Full support for UN/EDIFACT, ANSI X12, Health Level 7 (HL7), HIPAA X12, SAP IDoc, IATA PADIS, and TRADACOMS in MapForce allows you to use any of the hundreds of messages and transaction sets covered by these standards in your mapping design. You can even map from EDI to EDI, to, for example, convert EDIFACT files to an X12 format for your global business partners. You can also take advantage of MapForce's XML support to update your legacy HL7 v2.x messages to version 3.

Because users often need to customize the EDIFACT, X12, HL7, HIPAA X12, PADIS, or TRADACOMS messages according to specific implementation requirements, MapForce includes a user-friendly EDI configuration file format that allows you to add new transactions or modify and enhance existing messages quickly and easily.

Supported EDI Messages

Click the links below to view detailed lists of messages for EDIFACT, HL7, HIPAA X12, IATA PADIS, and X12 data mappings supported by MapForce.

EDI configuration files are available for free download from the MapForce Libraries page.

Developing EDI Mappings

Developing an EDI to XML mapping in MapForce is as easy as opening the EDI collection(s) and other data formats you wish to integrate in the mapping window, then dragging connecting lines from the corresponding elements in the source(s) and target(s).

MapForce includes a configurable option to automatically connect matching child elements.

Process Multiple EDI Message Types

MapForce allows you to define a single mapping to accommodate EDI files that contain multiple message types.

Support is provided for EDI files containing multiple message types either in the source or target of your data mapping project, providing optimal flexibility for EDI mapping.

To employ this feature, just choose the relevant message types in the Browse EDI collections dialogue. The EDI component that is inserted into the MapForce design pane will incorporate all of the selected messages for integration into one mapping design.

Select EDI messages in Altova MapForce

Message Acknowledgement

In the EDI X12 standard, the 997 acknowledgement message relays the status of a inbound interchange - confirming receipt of a transaction, transaction errors, etc.

MapForce can be easily configured to automatically create a mapping from your input X12 messages to 997 acknowledgements, helping you to define seamless trade links within and beyond your partner network.

Validate EDI Output

MapForce lets you confirm the accuracy of EDI output from your mapping through validation of all EDI source and target components, and the mapping output. When running generated program code, validation errors will display an error message. This helps you ensue that only valid EDI messages are processed.

Custom EDI validation settings in Altova MapForce
EDI output validation error message in Altova MapForce

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