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We have a product that synchronizes data between an online-shop and a popular erp (enterprise resource planning) system. Now the question is, if the product name "System1Name System2Name Connector" actually makes sense in english?

I was wondering if there was another word that is probably a better fit for these kind of applications? Maybe "gateway" or "exchanger"?

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Sure, it makes sense. Why can't you use System1Name-System2Name Synchronizer, though? –  JLG Apr 21 '12 at 19:07
    
Oh, I can use that as well. Just wanted to make check what sounds more reasonable to native speakers. Thanks! –  Daniel Lang Apr 21 '12 at 19:25
    
This seems off-topic here. Shouldn't you ask on programmers.SE, where they would know about the intricate nuances of patterns and such? (or if not a 'pattern' then technically appropriate alternatives). –  Mitch Apr 21 '12 at 19:26
    
I don't think so because the ones that need to 'understand' the word are normal customers without technical knowledge. Therefore I think it is a more general question. –  Daniel Lang Apr 21 '12 at 19:34
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A conjunction or preposition between the two system-names is needed to make the name grammatically sound; for example, both of "Facebook and Flickr Connector" and "Facebook to Flickr Connector" are correct and understandable. "Facebook/Flickr Connector" also is a possibility. [Note, company names randomly chosen.]

By contrast, "Facebook Flickr Connector" looks like two adjectives and a noun, that is, would represent a connector for the "Facebook version of Flickr", if there were such a thing.

Your alternate terms, gateway and exchanger, are reasonable alternatives to connector, except that connector is a term frequently used in enterprise application integration, so may be a good fit with your Enterprise Resource Planning to online shopping synchronizer.

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