Novannet, LLC LogoThe 10-10-EDISM of B2B Transport

A CLOSER LOOK

You probably already know what a VAN - or Value-Added Network - is. It's a traditional store-and-forward intermediary for transporting XML or EDI electronic business documents between trading partners. A VAN bills fixed monthly fees and per-kilobyte charges. And it's very expensive.

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“EDIINT is, well, y'know, like so 10 years ago.”

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The usual alternative to a VAN is EDIINT, enabled using expensive software which allows you to use the "free" Internet, bypassing the likewise expensive VAN. An obvious problem with EDIINT packages, besides the initial and recurring expenses of the software, is the onerous trading partner and key management which you're forced to take on yourself.

Novannet, on the other hand, combines the best of VANs and traditional EDIINT solutions into 10-10-EDISM. Our service can be used to exchange EDI and XML e-business documents point-to-point with any other trading partner on the Novannet network - safely, securely and reliably. All you need is an identifier for your partner. There's no trading partner or key maintenance. No software license or annual maintenance fees. No commitment or upfront charges. Just low, low per interchange (file) fees.

The labor costs required to move and maintain low volume partners on a direct-connect [AS2] infrastructure will often outweigh the VAN cost savings.

Unlike many store-and-forward VANs, we elegantly support real-time EDI, which proves especially attractive to healthcare partners - providers and payers alike - using real-time HIPAA transactions like the 270/271 eligibility inquiry and response.

There are companies who tout themselves as "un-VANs," but these are really traditional store-and-forward VANs in disguise - even if they exclusively use the Internet for transport. There's no substantial difference between them and the more familiar legacy VANs.

But Novannet adds a completely new twist: we don't store-and-forward data at all! We only serve as the traffic cop, and all your e-business documents go over the Internet point-to-point. Our basic pricing models are based simply on per-interchange charges - no matter how big the interchange, or file, transported!

Novannet does provide a software product - a free, 100%-Java run-anywhere client - which is installed on your own system and links you up to the 10-10-EDI network. The client software uses secure Web Services to talk with Novannet's servers to discover where your trading partners are, but your actual e-business document goes straight to your trading partner. All you have to do is address the recipient by her receiver ID in the interchange envelope (the X12 ISA or the UN/EDIFACT UNB segment) - using the D-U-N-S, for example - and we do the rest to get the file to its destination safely, securely and reliably.

We're 100% secure since everything is encrypted and signed: you actually have no choice in the matter as encryption and authentication are completely automatic - we're that serious about security! There's no need to use the X12.58 Security Structures (PDF: 114k) or the ISO 9735 UN/EDIFACT Security Rules to sign and encrypt EDI data. Optional compression can be applied to message payloads before encyption, saving on transmission time when conducting large interchanges.

10-10-EDI supports most any flavor of business document type: ANSI ASC X12, UN/EDIFACT, ODETTE, TRADACOMS, EANCOM, RosettaNet, xCBL, UBL, HL7, OAGIS, EAN.UCC and more. If standard message types are being used for which we don't already have built-in support, Novannet can quickly build extractors that can be automatically downloaded to your 10-10-EDI client. Extractors are little programs that extract addressing information from the message payload. Alternatively, you can build extractors yourself using Perl or Java - or even XPath. There are no restrictions on the data to be transported, as we transparently handle messages in Unicode, ASCII, EBCDIC or Binary. Embedded encoded binary data within X12 transactions using the BIN or BDS segments is also supported transparently.

If some of your partners happen not to be on our network, their documents can be "shunted" off to the side for processing through your traditional VAN. Or you may choose to use 10-10-EDI exclusively, as we interconnect with all the major VANs. If your off-network trading partner happens to use standard interoperable ebXML messaging software, 10-10-EDI can still be used to exchange documents with him. And Novannet even offers a web-based portal for your smaller trading partners to exchange transactions with you, if for some reason they choose not to subscribe to 10-10-EDI.

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