Evolution of technologies and emergence of standards in data exchange
The old systems are in some contexts and for some customers largely sufficient.
However, with the evolution of technologies and the increasingly necessary demand for real-time interactions, new solutions have been provided in order to :
- Increase the speed of interactions in order to respond to real-time necessity
- Offer best opportunities that meet the immediate needs of customers
- Stick to the realities of the market and reflect the offers available in the different sources
- Improve the general speed of data processing
The diversity of our clientele has therefore led us to work with different types of technologies and web services, sometimes proprietary as for the Spanish NEX, but more and more often based on more generic technologies.
Historically, one of the first protocols used was EDIFACT, acronym for Electronic Data Interchange For Administration, Commerce And Transport. It is a technical standard for the exchange of data used in different industrial sectors such as banking, agriculture, aviation and, of course, automotive.
An EDI data exchange system was thus implemented by United Networks for the CDISCOUNT tire sales website in a first time.
More widely known technologies then appeared such as SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol) for Swedish AMRING and of course REST API in JSON for, for example, RENAULT web services.
Also aware of the challenges ahead, major tire figures such as Bridgestone, Goodyear / Dunlop, Michelin and Pirelli have come together to set up a standard in data exchange: Ediwheel. Based as for EDIFACT on the idea of industrial standards, Ediwheel is oriented to use the generic standards of XML.
Very quickly Ediwheel became a standard widely used in many platforms. Today and thanks to these important players, the Ediwheel standard is used in 95% of our platforms in tires business, even if the door has not been closed to older or personalized technologies.
This generalization has made possible to meet interesting challenges leading to various advances in tires business.
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