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Let's first talk about Privacy - Your Privacy. It's important to note that the 10-10-EDISM client software installed on your system participates in both peer-to-peer and client-server interactions. This has implications for privacy which we address below.

Your EDI business messages are packaged as compressed and encrypted S/MIME payloads within ebXML Messaging Service envelopes, and are sent point-to-point directly to your trading partner. In this regard, 10-10-EDI is operating peer-to-peer. You and your trading partner are exchanging documents directly, using your own Internet resources. In this way, 10-10-EDI is similar to standalone EDIINT AS2 and ebXML MSH products. You could think of 10-10-EDI as an easy way to "rent" powerful ebXML messaging software by the interchange. But it's really much more...

Companies planning to support AS2 themselves might be in for a surprise if they are not accustomed to operating an Internet server that provides around-the-clock availability to send and receive transactions through the company firewall... someone in the business will need to know how to maintain digital certificates, which are complicated and not widely understood. In short, the cost of AS2 software might be the smallest concern.

John Radko, chief architect for GXS, in GXS Offers AS2 Outsourcing Service

10-10-EDI also simulates many of the Value-Added features of a VAN, managing authentication, privacy - or confidentiality - and trading partner community enablement in a manner almost completely transparent to you. In order to do this, the 10-10-EDI software also operates as a client of the Novannet servers. Both ebXML and lighter-weight SOAP messages are exchanged between the client and Novannet's redundant and federated 24×7 servers. Electronic Trading Partner Profiles (including partner certificates) in the form of ebXML CPPs are exchanged via ebXML messaging between the server and client. All other messaging, consisting mostly of status updates or maintenance items, are exchanged with SOAP messages in a secure Web Services model.

All SOAP messages exchanged between Novannet and the 10-10-EDI client software residing on your system are documented as WSDL Schemas and will be publicly available as open source. Your 10-10-EDI client software sends nothing to the Novannet servers which is not critical to the efficient and secure operation of the 10-10-EDI network. All Web Service interactions are initiated by the client, mitigating problems when traversing IP-level network firewalls.

The Novannet server never sees most of the application content of your business messages, before or after encryption, as we are not a store-and-forward intermediary like a traditional VAN. The client software, however, sends messages to us containing control information describing your business documents. For example, most of the data elements from the interchange, functional group and transaction set or message envelopes within EDI interchanges will be forwarded to Novannet for the purposes of control and billing. We need this information so both you and your partner can be apprised of the status of all mutual exchanges.

In some cases, the client software will also extract information from Beginning Segments in the header within X12 and UN/EDIFACT transactions and send this data to Novannet for the sole purpose of augmenting status screens available for you and your partner. For example, when you request a display of all sent messages, we are able to correlate batch or purchase order numbers contained on the header segments along with the control information for the individual transactions or messages. This Visibility feature is an integral part of monitoring your transaction workflow at the application level for supply chain collaboration without having to wait on reports from your translator.


In the snippet above, of a BEG segment within an X12 850 Purchase Order, we would capture the PO number CA223598 and the order date January 6, 2002.

All status screens - and most control functions - which you will use when operating the system will be made available through secure web pages at Novannet. We need the limited information exchanged between the client and the server in order to deliver a feature-rich user interface so you can effectively manage your trading partner relationships on the 10-10-EDI network. Additionally, some of the information will be used to facilitate VAN interconnection when you have chosen to use our interconnect capabilities and your trading partner is not on our network.

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