What is UBL?

UBL stands for Universal Business Language. It is a royalty-free library of standard XML business documents. UBL supports the digitizing of commercial and logistical processes for domestic and international supply chains such as orders and invoices. UBL can be thought of as a language that allows business applications to exchange information along their supply chains in the same common format.

Example UBL document

UBL is the easiest way to exchange information between traders in their supply trains. If you want to be more efficient, it is definitely the way to go!

Here is how the above document looks in Babelway

Babelway has supported UBL for many years. We’ve added strict validations that go beyond the basic support of other XML standards to ensure that your UBL will be compliant to international standards. Recently, UBL 2.1 was approved by the ISO committee, making it an officially recognized standard and ensuring that UBL’s use in B2B integration will continue to grow.

Build from sample file

Create your incoming or outgoing UBL structure from a sample file or from the official EDIFACT library

  • Upload your sample and get it parsed immediately
  • Customize for strict or loose application of UBL standards
  • Loosen UBL standard validation or, reversely, add custom validations on certain fields

Transform any format

Use simple drag & drop tools to map your UBL message to any other format for easy import/export in/from your database

  • 12+ formats to choose from: CSV, multi-record text file, IDOC, Excel, XML, EDIFACT, etc
  • Hundreds of transformation functions available or build your custom functions
  • Use lookup tables tables to replace data sets
  • Change your UBL structure without loosing your transformation maps

Connect to anyone

Connect your Babelway environment using any EDI or non-EDI communication protocols

  • 12+ communication protocols supported including X400, VAN, AS2, SFTP, VPN, etc.
  • Define retry strategies for maximum robustness
  • Get notified and intervene immediately in case of processing or delivery issues

And last but not least:

Get extended support from the experts

Babelway is not only a great Self-Service platform, it’s a team of expert individuals to make you succeed

  • Spot the ‘reuse and save time’ zone on the right of the screen? Import messages and maps from our catalog
  • Access on-demand, online training material through Babelway Academy – check out the program here.
  • Access our support helpdesk anytime and ask your questions

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