PathFinder powers SAP interface to Hero UK


Hero UK LLP is based in Leeds, West Yorkshire and is part of the international food company Hero. Their brands include the Supercook and Hero ranges. They have a heritage spanning 100 years of producing quality products for the home bakers of Britain, and today they have a huge range of over 140 products, from cake decorations and flavourings to luxury cooking chocolate, marzipan and children's cake mixes.

Hero UK LLP contacted Orion when looking for a replacement for their existing legacy EDI system that would Interface to SAP and support their existing EDI, while allowing them to move forward with other EDI projects. Orion's PathFinder system fitted the requirements and went live on 1st August 2005.

Since then, a number of further projects have been implemented using the system to support Hero UK's business needs. Most recently, it has underpinned the EDI requirements of the new Hero Fruit2Day launch.

Flexible communication

Initially, all Hero's trading partners traded using the GXS Tradanet network. However, additional requirements for direct connectivity using both AS/2 and FTP have been supported by the wide range of communications protocols that come as standard with the PathFinder product.

For security reasons, communications over the Internet are routed through the PathFinder DMZ installation, included as standard with the PathFinder server. This second machine avoids the requirement of opening Internet access to the main PathFinder server, and provides a stable external IP address for incoming calls from trading partners. The combination of the two systems allows any future communications requirement to be handled without expensive upgrades or extra hardware.

Customer Comments

Alan Brown, IT Manager, Hero UK LLP:

"We purchased PathFinder because it was a cost-effective replacement for our existing EDI solution, and also because of its flexibility and ease-of-use. It also gave us future-proofing in relation to such demands as AS/2."

Technical specifications