We have been evaluating an option to migrate the VAN service from GXS to Sterling. We are trying to find out the tasks must be performed for this project. We have around 50 external trading partners, two mailboxes with GXS (TEST and PROD).
Also, we use Securemote VPN service to establish connection between webMethods and GXS servers.
I would appreciate if anyone can help me the tasks to be performed for this purpose, or can provide a documentation.
We have webMethods middleware, fetch/send EDI 850, 810, 856, 824 documets to/from our external partners through GXS mailbox.
There are approx 100 partners we do business through EDI.
The goal is to change the VAN service from GXS to Sterling.
I did research on this. It looks like first we have to setup a mailbox in Sterling and setup trading partnerships with all existing partners.
At our end, we need to setup a secure FTP connection so that from webMethods we can pull/push data.
“It looks like first we have to setup a mailbox in Sterling and setup trading partnerships with all existing partners”
Did you talk to Sterling Commerce customer service regarding this setup(share your control information sender/receiverid’s,qualifiers, doctypes,schedule etc…)?? I dont think you have to do lot in webMethods except setup sFTP connection (via regular FTP/OpenSSH services)…
The wM change to switch from GXS to Sterling should not be complicated. However, migrating the trading partners from GXS to Sterling requires quite a lot of coordination and Sterling has a resource that can do this for you. You should discuss this with your Sterling account rep as they can probably answer these questions for you and save you a lot of time. Be sure you speak to an account rep, though, as he/she will be better able than the regular customer support folks to assist you with this type of request.
You just need to route GXS VAN traffic to Sterling VAN…talk with Sterling folks see how much they can help redirecting etc… and your inbound/Outound VAN pickup gateway/service should have minimal changes i believe.