One of the more challenging interfaces that many of our customers have to deal with is the E-Subscription interface from Surescripts.
The format uses XML with EDIFACT messages embedded in the XML encoded with base 64.
I had a customer on Friday asking about it and so I took the Iguana 5.0 Translator for a bit of a spin to see if it could handle the format. Sure enough it wasn’t difficult. Here’s a link to my implementation. It’s demonstrates how powerful a tool the translator is at handling what could otherwise be very snarly interface.
Firstly is there anyone reading my blog which has more knowledge of Surescripts? To me it looks like a wrapper around an older legacy system which talks EDIFACT. It feels like Surescripts have put a more modern web services based front end in, but not altered the core system. Anyone know the full story?
That strikes me as an increasingly common trend that we will see in the market place. People putting web services wrappers around old legacy systems and coming up with these odd hybrid formats.
Anyway if you are doing a Surescripts interface or you have some other weirdo messaging format that you’re having trouble parsing then by all means push it over to me – I’ll see if the translator can handle it.