EDIInt AS2, EDI Over the Internet
EDI-Int AS2 provides a means for exchanging EDI and XML documents
over the Internet using HTTP. EDI-Int specifies the method for
connecting and transporting the data, it does not specify the content of
the data. Some of the requirements for implementing AS2 include having
24/7 connectivity to the Internet, utilizing software that is certified
for AS2, and having a contingency backup plan that is non-AS2.
Some retail hubs that are currently utlizing AS2 include Wal-Mart,
Gap, Anchor Blue, KB Toys, Kohl's, Michaels, Target, Toys R Us, Winn
Supervalu, Ace Hardware, Albertsons, and Lowes.
AS2 stands for Applicability Standard 2. There are also AS1 and
AS3 standards. AS1 uses SMTP (email) for EDI over the Internet.
Home Depot uses AS1. AS3 is still in development and utilizes FTP for
Wal-Mart is one of the best known hubs requiring AS2. Wal-Mart
has a history of utilizing proprietary systems and has never embraced
the VAN's, Value Added Networks. Wal-mart's original
implementations required a proprietary bisynchronous direct connect.
More recently they have offered proprietary web communications. However,
with AS2 they are providing a leading edge towards embracing industry
standards and UCCNet.
Sarbanes-Oxley Compliance Journal:
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Alabama Plant Revs Up with Seeburger for EDI, AS2 (8/30/2004)
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