PilotFish Technology's XCS eiConsole for ACORD is a graphical Integrated
Development Environment that helps you develop, test, deploy, manage,
and maintain ACORD interfaces with specific capabilities that enable the
fastest, highest quality, and most cost effective means of implementing
the ACORD XML standard. Members of ACORD are eligible to receive one
FREE Concurrent Use license for the XCS eiConsole from ACORD's
Each individual graphical component within the XCS eiConsole for ACORD
bundle provides enormous value to anyone that has implemented or is
implementing the ACORD Standard. These components include:
The Validation Processor
The File Specification Editor
The Data Mapper
The Schema Manager
The output of each of these components is W3C-compliant which means it
can be plugged into any W3C-Compliant SOA/ESB infrastructure.
Specific Features of the XCS eiConsole for ACORD
The XCS eiConsole, which was designed to support insurance and
specifically, ACORD requirements,has been even further extended to
support the unique features and functions for insurance not available in
any other integration tools. These features vastly increase the
insurance professional's productivity. Some of the productivity
enhancing capabilities include:
An on-line tutorial in both video and text that provides step-by-step
instructions for building,and testing an ACORD message.
Pre-built templates for ACORD Life & Annuity transactions - saving
thousands of hours that would be spent reviewing implementation guides
and custom defining transactions.
The ability to submit transactions directly to ACORD? Testing and
Certification Facility (TCF).
A built-in Validation Processor that supports schema validation,
Schematron /XSLT validation,and validators that can check metadata and
reference information, perform database lookups and support regular
expressions and patterns.
A File Specification Editor that enables transformation of Excel
spreadsheets (such as DTCC) and flat file definitions (such as AL3) to
and from an XML representation including their associated
documentation. No time consuming and tedious custom programming is
An intuitive graphical Data Mapper that provides a ?oint, click, drag,
and drop?method of building complex XSLT transformations.
ACORD-specific features of the Data Mapper include:
Ability to import both the ACORD XSD and ACORD Metadata - eliminating
the need to search external sources for documentation necessary for
the data mapping process.
Searchable ACORD Metadata documentation.
Drag and drop mapping of typecodes (Life & Annuity). Tabular values
are automatically imported from the ACORD metadata documentation.
Point-and-click support for role-based relations.
Easy upgrade from one release of the ACORD standard to another with
just a few mouse-clicks.
Ability to export W3C-compliant XSLT transformations.
A Schema Manager that enables ACORD-compliant model extensions
including the ability to add elements, attributes, fields, new types,
and ACORD type codes and code lists. It also supports simple
point-and-click schema slicing
Users of the XCS eiConsole for ACORD can build prototype interfaces and
test them end-to-end including connectivity to the Source and Target
systems. There is also an XCS eiPlatform Emulator built into the XCS
eiConsole that will let the user simulate running multiple interfaces
and complex workflows in production. This is ideal for supporting an
Agile/iterative development methodology.
What determines eligiblity for the free license for the XCS eiConsole
The free XCS eiConsole license is only available to ACORD members and is
subject to the approval of both PilotFish and ACORD. One FREE Concurrent
Use license is available per member company. With a Concurrent Use
license, companies can download and install as many copies of the XCS
eiConsole as they like, but will be limited to operating one at a time.
Additional Concurrent Use licenses may be purchased from PilotFish