B2B Integration

High-Availability B2B Communications…and Saving Bananas (Part Two)

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What do rotting bananas have to do with B2B communications? If you’re shipping fruit, the answer is everything.

Not too long ago, I was working with a customs organization and their back-end systems went down, so they couldn’t process messages. Planes were delayed. Employees needed information, but they couldn’t connect. So pallets of bananas sat decaying on the dock.

At many companies, customer and trading partner communications are critical to their operations. In the interconnected global economy, almost no business is an island. Organizations are at risk when the core processing platform goes down because of an outage — planned or unplanned. Having effective collaboration across enterprise boundaries is vital to success.

If our friends at the customs organization had continued to receive data such as orders, shipments, and receipts from their B2B community when the backend went down, they would’ve been able to move forward with the shipment — and the bananas would have been saved.

With IBM B2B Advanced Communications, your organization can minimize the impact to partner communications during downtime of your underlying B2B platform. The solution isolates trading partner communications from core processing, so you can continue to communicate — even when back-end operations are down. This modular architecture also allows IT departments to independently scale their communications to support partner growth without affecting back-end applications.

IBM B2B Advanced Communications enhances IBM Sterling B2B Integrator with advanced communications for high availability and performance. The solution insulates the business from other IT activities, so you can transact with partners regardless of B2B process availability. Moreover, partners are unaware of component disruptions, such as software maintenance, hardware upgrades, and backups.

Without this type of always-on communication, you wouldn’t be able to exchange business documents with partners during an outage — an unacceptable situation in our age of 24x7x365 global networks.

To learn more about how the IBM B2B Advanced Communication Gateway can keep you from going bananas (while saving them), watch the video or read the data sheet.

IT architects struggle with various B2B integration challenges, like the need for “always on” communications. Educating yourself on the topic and understanding how other companies address similar issues can help you establish your own strategy. Learn about the latest capabilities and understand how to modernize your own B2B architecture.

This post is part two in the four-part high-availability series. Read the others in the series:

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