B2B Integration

The 6 Essential Elements of a Modern B2B Integration Architecture

B2B integration is vital to most companies’ operations regardless of industry. B2B integration processes range from completely manual (e.g., receiving a fax or phone call with orders and manually inputting them into an order application) to completely automated, where only the exceptions stop the process (built on trust, an adherence to data standards/formats, and synchronized […]

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REI Shares Lessons Learned During ERP Upgrade and EDI Migration

Many companies find themselves in a similar situation to what REI had in back in 2010. Business is going well, with about 1,400 suppliers, approximately half of them doing EDI. Then, a strategic decision to change and upgrade ERP systems led to the decision to require EDI from all suppliers. REI’s three-person B2B team faced […]

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Partner Onboarding: How to Go from Average to Awesome

Onboarding and maintaining the underlying trading partner/customer data is one of the most time-consuming activities IT has to deal with, and it can have a tremendous impact on your business. It’s something most companies engaged in significant B2B activity struggle with at one time or another. Let’s take a look at some recent data that […]

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How IT and Finance Collaborated to Add $5 Million to Southwire’s Bottom Line

It may sound like a fairy tale, but here’s a true story of how a company’s IT department collaborated with finance to solve a huge problem. Not only did they tackle that issue, but they also paved the way for a major acquisition and improved the bottom line by approximately $5 million. Listen to the […]

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How the 6th Largest Country’s Digital Strategy Transformed Service Delivery

Continuing on their modernization journey in the digital age, the Australian Tax Office (ATO) started with a single instance of IBM Sterling B2B Integrator and IBM Sterling Secure Proxy and grew it to a five-tier, high-availability B2B platform. The ATO’s strategy was to: “enable tax and government services to be embedded in the natural systems […]

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High-Availability B2B Integration: IBM’s B2B Integration & MFT Portfolio (Part Four)

Things can get really interesting for an IT shop when the business starts to engage with a geographically dispersed network of trading partners. One of the most critical aspects of this type of business growth is the impact to availability requirements. Expanding the reach of a trading partner network means that thinking of “hours of […]

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The HIPAA Data Standards Series: Bitcoin Reveals the Future of Healthcare

On February 5, 2016, hackers attacked Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center’s computer systems. They prevented hospital staff from gaining system access and said they would only restore it if they received a payment of 40 bitcoin (about $17,000). While small in scale and cost, this security breach may unknowingly show us healthcare’s future. And no, that […]

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IDC Weighs In: What’s the ROI of B2B Integration on Cloud?

When it comes to increasing revenue, speeding up time to market, and improving efficiency, a modern approach to B2B integration is critical. That’s because all these outcomes depend on having a successful business network — one that’s flexible and cost-effective. Of course, no business can afford to sacrifice innovation to keep costs in check. Fortunately, […]

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How to Tackle Your Top 3 Business Challenges with B2B Integration Services

Businesses continue to try to do more for less, and it’s especially true when it comes to B2B integration. Today’s marketplace requires more connections, more partners, and more flexible, collaborative networks. Meanwhile, organizations must also improve productivity, mitigate risk, and ensure regulatory compliance to gain a competitive edge. Doing all this while reducing the cost […]

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

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 […]

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High-Availability B2B Integration and Disaster Recovery (Part One)

When people talk about disaster recovery, they often cite major weather events like hurricanes or tidal waves. After all, nothing good would result if your data center were subjected to a fire, flood or an earthquake. But IT disasters aren’t always related to dramatic, newsworthy events. Sometimes failures are a lot more mundane, like servers […]

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Introducing IBM Control Center v6.1: High Availability, More Managed Endpoints, and Simplified Data Access

Life is good until… your B2B or MFT system goes down. Suddenly this seemingly innocuous piece of your infrastructure—the thing that “always works”—isn’t available. I’ve seen it. Business grinds to a halt. Even if it’s just minutes, it can have a tremendous ripple effect throughout your organization. The impact of an outage can typically be […]

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