Xebec Data

Xebec Data Cuts AS2 Costs 45 Percent by Switching from VAN to ArcESB

Businesses of all sizes rely on securely sending and receiving EDI transactions between trading partners through AS2—the leading standard for secure EDI communications.

However, the choice between a VAN and an in-house solution can be difficult. VANs typically offer a lower up-front investment, but their associated fees can quickly become burdensome. In-house solutions are often challenging to implement and maintain, but they avoid the per-transaction VAN fees.

The Challenge: Mounting VAN Fees

Xebec Data faced this same dilemma and initially chose a VAN for its communication with major retail businesses. But with VAN fees mounting, Xebec Data sought an AS2 solution that was cost-effective, hands-off, and Drummond Certified. The Drummond certification is a rigorous, vendor-neutral test that ensures that the AS2 solution is interoperable with all other certified solutions.

The Solution: A User-Friendly AS2 Connection Tool

At first, Xebec Data's search for an AS2 solution was fruitless, as Xebec Data encountered expensive, command-based products with no GUI and needlessly inflated prices. In the end, Xebec Data found the ArcESB AS2 Connector, which provides a low-cost, robust system that is easy to administer.

"The most successful software is the one that doesn't require my attention, which is why we like AS2 Connector. It is easy to use, easy to install, and doesn't break the bank," said Brad Dayhuff, Xebec Data Vice President / Co-Owner.

The Results: 100k Documents/Day and Counting

With the ArcESB AS2 Connector, Xebec Data is sending 100,000 documents every month to over 70 different trading partners. Since its implementation of the ArcESB AS2 Connector, Xebec has taken on an AS2 initiative in order to convert as many of their retail partners from the VAN system to a direct connection.

"It took more time to evaluate different products than it took to implement the software on our system. The first trading partner was live within a couple hours," said Dayhuff.

By going with the ArcESB AS2 Connector, Xebec was able to avoid the high fees of a VAN and the expensive setup costs of an in-house AS2 solution. This resulted in a 45 percent reduction in cost. Now, AS2 connections are Xebec's preferred transmission to all new partners.

"The AS2 Connector has provided us with a cost efficient, easy to administer, scalable solution. The few issues we have had received prompt replies from the support team," said Dayhuff. "We would absolutely recommend this product to companies big and small for your AS2 connection needs."