What is B2B Integration?
Automate and Scale Your Supply and Demand Chains
As your supply and demand chains grow, so does your need for B2B integration.
In the early stages of business growth, managing all of your B2B transactions is relatively easy with basic software and email. However, it quickly reaches a point where it becomes virtually impossible to oversee everything without experiencing errors and time delays.
For large businesses and global enterprises, B2B integration is a necessity to keep up with the fast pace of modern business. IBM offers the best integration solution to date, and the good news is we can help you implement their solution at a lower-than-market rate!
What is B2B Integration?
In a nutshell, B2B integration is the synchronization of various business processes between multiple organizations who are working together. B2B integration automates, integrates, and optimizes complicated tasks that would require a lot of manual work and back-and-forth communication – bridging the gap from inside and outside your organization.
Information technology companies have been experimenting with various tools for B2B integration since the 1960s. However, we are only just now starting to see the real potential for B2B integration with the latest enterprise-ready integration solutions available from companies like IBM.
At first, B2B integration tools were only available to large companies because they were too expensive for smaller businesses to justify the cost. This gave the major companies a huge advantage over their smaller competitors because they were operating at a significantly higher level of efficiency.
Fortunately, that has changed a lot in the last couple of decades. Now businesses of all sizes have access to integrative tools that allow them to optimize their supply and demand chains.
Of course, the most powerful and adaptive integrative solutions still command a higher price tag that makes more sense for larger, established businesses – granted they also offer capabilities that only larger businesses would need in the first place.
EDI and B2B Integration
The most commonly used and most accessible B2B integration technology for businesses of all sizes is electronic data interchange. EDI was designed to replace paper documents and manually processing of those documents with automated electronic transactions.
For example, a customer can send your business a purchase order that you receive electronically. Your software can then read the order and automate the fulfillment process by communicating with your warehouse and other logistics partners.
EDI allows businesses to save a lot of time and money, in addition to reducing errors that result from manual processing by humans. Best of all, you can monitor all of your EDI transactions in real-time, providing visibility throughout your supply and demand chains.
As useful as EDI is, it can only do so much. For large businesses, EDI is one of many technologies used for integrating B2B processes.
Enterprises need to get data from their trading partner’s custom in-house software, receive it through EDI, and then move that data to their custom in-house software while automatically translating the information from one software to another so that all of the data fits into their proper categories.
This is where an advanced B2B integration tool like IBM B2B Integrator comes in.
The Best B2B Integration Tool for Enterprises
IBM B2BI has shattered the perceived limits of B2B integration by offering any-to-any data mapping/translation and true end-to-end visibility. B2BI gives your organization full integration inside and outside the enterprise.
IBM B2B Integrator provides:
- Support for a wide variety of B2B data formats and protocols, including HTTP, HTTPS, AS1, AS2, AS3, RosettaNet, TCP/IP, WebDAV, S/FTP/S client and server, and many others.
- Over 300 adaptors for enterprise solutions, including all IBM software, SAP, Oracle, PeopleSoft, and a lot more.
- True end-to-end visibility of data transactions inside and outside the enterprise.
- Advanced security features such as encryption, digital certificates, advanced authentication, role-based data access, and other useful security features.
- Any-to-any data mapping/translation for all common EDI and XML standards.
- A reporting dashboard that allows you to track important KPIs and monitor business documents.
If your organization needs better B2B integration, we would love to discuss your current challenges to see if IBM B2BI would be a useful solution. We have implemented B2BI for hundreds of Fortune 500 companies, and as an IBM Business Partner, we can help you secure a lower rate for any IBM solution.