Partner Connect Overview and Comparisons

Partner Connect architecture utilizes:

 

    • SQL Server core technology
    • Grey Wolf Web Services for ERP Integration
    • Not using ERP EDI module

Grey Wolf’s Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) for Infor (SX and CSD) or Epicor (Prophet 21) solution has been evolving since 1997.   Partner Connect has improved over time from supporting spEDItran to BizTalk Server to a hosted solution, Partner Connect has changed as technology has changed.

 

EDI has been around for decades. Over that time, the evolution of what EDI encompasses has changed. While the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) tries to standardize EDI document sets, the human factor has intervened and prevented standards in EDI to proliferate.

 

From our perspective, EDI is not just ANSI X12. Partner Connect supports XML, CSV, Excel…any file format. In addition, it does not require a VAN.  Partner Connect supports SMTP, FTP, sFTP, HTTP, AS2…almost any transfer protocol.

 

Partner Connect (EDI for P21 | SX | CSD) does not require an EDI module or importer at the ERP level. Instead, APIs and Web Services provide the integration with your ERP (Prophet 21, SX.enterprise or CloudSuite Distribution). This gives you more flexibility and control over your integration at a much lower cost.

 

Grey Wolf is integrating with your Infor or Epicor system through Grey Wolf Web Services Lite (a prerequisite for Partner Connect).

Self Service functionality include:

 

    • Document Submit/Resubmit
    • Document Status
    • Cross Ref Maintenance
    • Document Skip
    • Run Report
    • Document Tracker
    • Document Count
Past EDI Setups
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Comparison Chart
wdt_ID Feature Partner Connect Unilink Comparatio
1 Cloud-based
2 Exception handling
3 Reporting
4 Self-service resubmittals
5 Utilizes APIs to SX/CSD
6 Utilizes APIs to P21
7 Lowest price per document $0.016 $0.25 N/A
8 Minimum monthly fee $60 per month for 100 documents $150 per month for 150 documents $950 per month
Analyst’s Research of Altitude Architecture

Gartner publishes many “Magic Quadrants.”  The architecture of Partner Connect EDI for Epicor and Infor is based upon SQL Server from Microsoft and Gartner classifies Microsoft as a Leader.

To see the complete Magic Quadrant for Data Integration Tools report from November 9, 2021, click here.

Forrester publishes many “Waves.”  The architecture of Partner Connect EDI for Epicor and Infor is based upon SQL Server from Microsoft and Forrester classifies Microsoft as a Strong Performer.

To see the complete The Forrester Wave™: Enterprise
ETL report for the First Quarter 2012, click here.