• "The in-built testing capabilities of Transformer have allowed us to validate the integrity of new message formats … much more quickly, and with greater confidence" Capital Markets Service Provider and Reporting Authority
  • "We think Transformer is a fantastic product and it is an integral part of our Enterprise Messaging strategy going forward" Major American FI
  • "Transformer … has enabled our business analysts and Quality Assurance team to create and comprehensively test financial message transformations" Capital Markets Service Provider and Reporting Authority
  • "Transformer has … allowed us to use analysts rather than developers to build our mappings, improving our time-to-market, reducing cost and increasing the quality of our solutions" Integration Architect, U.K Investment Manager
  • "Transformer gives us more flexibility to support the diversity of our rapidly-growing client base, and to ease the integration process for new clients " Head of Product Management, Earthport
  • "Independent tests scored Transformer at 100% for message transformation" SWIFT
  • "Using Transformer has simplified the process of working with multiple industry messaging standards" Integration Architect, U.K Investment Manager
  • "With such a powerful tool in place we’re now thinking of extending our message conversion services to other business areas" Sergei Putyatinsky, CIO, NSD Moscow
  • "Transformer’s ability to elegantly handle complex financial messaging scenarios is proof both of its power and of Trace's depth of understanding of the standards" SWIFT
  • "We implemented a SWIFT message in half a day; the programmer said it would normally take him five days " Tier One Global FI
  • "With Transformer handling the complexity behind the integrations, our teams can concentrate on our payment product - instead of worrying about technical message transformations" Vivek Awashti, Chief Technology Officer, Currencies Direct
  • "Transformer is the only messaging technology that we have found that really can be used by a business analyst" Major European Investment Manager
  • "Transformer is an integral tool within our technology infrastructure, helping to further accelerate the speed to market as we on-board clearing banking partners in new countries" Head of Product Management, Earthport
  • "From watching the demo I am able to use the product straight away and create and test complex messages and mappings quickly and easily" Regulatory Reporting Authority
  • "We were able to create, test and deploy mappings that took three months in XSLT within three business days" Latin American software company
  • "Transformer has brought a great deal of agility to the development of our next generation of payment frameworks, and also made it much more efficient" Vivek Awashti, Chief Technology Officer, Currencies Direct
  • "We are very happy to be working with Trace Financial" Vivek Awashti, Chief Technology Officer, Currencies Direct
  • "I am indeed impressed and have not experienced this level of support from a corporate vendor to date. Excellent choice!" Major South African FI

EDI Transformations

The challenge of EDI

EDI, or Electronic Data Interchange, has always been a challenging domain for organisations to support. EDI standards cover a wide range of industries, from supply chain to medical to financial services, and these standards rapidly evolve and change over time, thus requiring constant maintenance. The sheer cost of maintaining standards is high, not only for organizations but also for EDI software vendors who struggle to keep up. The expensive fees charged by standards organizations and rapidly evolving releases are the main reasons there are no high quality open source EDI tools in the community.

Traditionally, large monolithic proprietary Enterprise Application Integration (EAI) suites included a parser/transformation engine and tooling at their heart. GUI-based mapping tools were the go-to tool of choice for EDI teams, who could focus on field-level mapping and basic field manipulation using a dedicated graphical mapping tool. As companies began to move away from an EAI architecture to an Agile Integration (Microservices) approach, a large gap formed in the market for supporting EDI. An example of agile integration is Apache Camel – an open source, lightweight, library for implementing Enterprise Integration Patterns (EIP). Unfortunately, Apache Camel and its competitors have little support for EDI standards.


Create EDI solutions quickly with Transformer

Transformer is the ideal solution for working with EDI standards across all business areas:

  • Transport/Energy/etc - X12
  • Healthcare - HL7/FHIR
  • Financial - SWIFT/CREST/FIX/ISO 20022/etc

Transformer dramatically shortens the time taken to build validation and mapping solutions involving complex standards.

The analyst using Transformer creates solutions directly in the intuitive Design-Time GUI. There is no coding stage, even when the required data transformation is highly complex. Projects remain clearly articulated and easy to maintain, and removing the old-fashioned ‘spec handover’ from analyst to developer eliminates a major source of risk and delay.

Transformer's message definition libraries capture all the details of EDI standards in a business-friendly way, making them ideal for real-world project needs. Transformer’s libraries provide user-friendly names and full descriptions for all fields, components, and data range values, and fully supports cross-validation rules.  

Users create mappings very easily in Transformer. For example, copying a field from the source to the target message just takes a simple ‘drag and drop’ action - Transformer automatically takes care of any reformatting required between the source and target syntax. To handle more complex mappings, Transformer provides a huge range of ready-made 'mapping action' building blocks. These can include conditions, which can in turn be combined into complex logic.  So even really complex EDI solutions can be created at lightning pace.

You can also run a test on each new 'line' of a mapping or validation as soon as it has been added, moving the testing process as far upstream as possible, and ensuring high quality from the very start. Transformer also provides powerful regression testing facilities to help ensure that future standards changes do not adversely impact existing solutions.

You can learn more about all of these Transformer features here

Deploy anywhere 

Transformer’s simple API and its range of specialised service builders allow solutions to be deployed rapidly into any integration architecture, including OSGi, development frameworks such as Java or .NET, RESTful service containers and traditional Enterprise Service Bus (ESB)/Enterprise Application Integration (EAI) architectures.

Transformer is especially appealing to Red Hat Fuse clients thanks to its deep integration with Camel – the ability to update the Camel Exchange, Header or Body at runtime and share data sources. Trace has created the ability to build an OSGi bundle that can talk to your Camel routes and deploy to Karaf, as well as the ability to run inside a SpringBoot container. And the best part – it all deploys and runs seamlessly on Red Hat OpenShift using the Fuse Integration Services (FIS).

Summary

Transformer offers customers, service providers, and application vendors the tools required to manage message transformations using any EDI standard:

  • Eliminate coding — Build models with business logic and deploy directly
  • Create mappings easily — Drag and drop or choose from ready-built mappings
  • Use ready-built standards libraries — get a head start with regularly updated, comprehensive libraries
  • Test as you build — Debug quickly and easily without affecting the production environment
  • Maintain more easily — Model-based approach highlights areas impacted by changing standards
  • Deploy anywhere — Each deployment is independent and thread-safe