PEPPOL stands for the Pan-European Public Procurement Online and it is an open network that enables businesses and governments to exchange standards-based electronic documents. In essence, it is an open and free way for businesses to communicate with each other via a framework that requires minimal interaction between both parties. Unlike other B2B or B2G networks, PEPPOL leverages standards and a unified registry to enable communication to occur without prior testing or setup.
Anyone who becomes a PEPPOL participant is publishing their information on the network, allowing other companies to send and receive documents with that partner. A company simply needs to publish which document types they will accept and some identifying information about them to be found by other parties. Then, the sending party can send files directly to the framework. All the receiver identifying information is contained in the document.
An access point is the way a participant can send or receive documents via PEPPOL. Some companies are known as Access Point Providers, and offer services to communicate with PEPPOL participants. Babelway is an Access Point Provider. The Registry (or SML) includes the shared database of identifying information about each participant and the connection details of their access point.
We created a training course that will teach you all the details about setting up PEPPOL within Babelway, you can access it here.
The gateway configuration within Babelway is relatively simple. All you have to do is input your identifying values and which document types you accept.
PEPPOL uses standard documents that participants are allowed to send and receive. There are many options to choose from, but all are based off of UBL standard XML.
In addition to setting up a PEPPOL gateway, you also have to configure the Message that you will be sending or receiving. This consists of using UBL standard documents and transforming them to/from files that your system deals with.
Use Babelway to become a PEPPOL participant within a week
Use simple drag & drop tools to map your message to any other format for easy import/export in/from your database
When you sign-up for Babelway for PEPPOL, you get everything else as well
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