Associated External Applications

You can perform various activities that are crucial to managing your processes by using IBM® Sterling B2B Integrator with associated applications. The applications contain features that integrate with IBM Sterling B2B Integrator, eliminating complex custom development requirements.

IBM Sterling B2B Integrator includes a variety of associated applications that operate external to the IBM Sterling B2B Integrator interface. Some of these applications are included with IBM Sterling B2B Integrator and some must be bought separately, based on your requirements.

For example, the Graphical Process Modeler (GPM) is an external application associated with IBM Sterling B2B Integrator. Although you install it separately (through the IBM Sterling B2B Integrator interface) and use it to create business process models in a graphical palette, the GPM is designed to work with IBM Sterling B2B Integrator; it enables you to check your processes into IBM Sterling B2B Integrator from the GPM interface.

The following table describes the external applications that work together with IBM Sterling B2B Integrator:

Application Description
Map Editor Offline, Windows-based user interface application for mapping data translation and transformation included with IBM Sterling B2B Integrator. Use it to translate documents to various data formats, including EDI, XML, SQL, CII, and others. You include the appropriate translation map and related services in your business process models to perform run-time translation.
Graphical Process Modeler (GPM) Offline, Windows-based graphical interface tool included with IBM Sterling B2B Integrator to create and modify business processes. Converts the graphical representation of business processes to well-formed BPML (source code), and saves you the effort of writing code.
AS2 Edition Optional, self-contained, Web-based application based on IBM Sterling B2B Integrator, which can work with or without the core IBM Sterling B2B Integrator product. A message management system enabling the exchange of a variety of documents between trading partners using secure AS2 EDIINT technology. The interface uses familiar IBM Sterling B2B Integrator conventions for ease of use.

External applications are installed in different ways. All the associated external applications are displayed in windows that are separate from the IBM Sterling B2B Integrator interface.