Web Extensions

You can build the human interaction points into your business process models with the Sterling B2B Integrator Web Extensions.

The processes that support your business usually include both human activities and computer-assisted automation. Yet, historically, integration technologies have targeted only the automated aspects of an integration project, such as low-level messaging, file transfer, or EDI.

Web Extensions Technology

Web Extensions uses advanced XML standards so that you can easily integrate your Web Extensions applications (forms) into your business process models and use Java Server Pages (JSP) to create forms pages.

Technically, Web Extensions is a collection of Sterling B2B Integrator services called Human Interaction services. The Graphical Process Modeler (GPM) depicts these services as icons in the user interface. You include these icons in your business process models by selecting the appropriate service wherever human interaction must occur.

Using Web Extensions

Web Extensions can be used for:
  • Supporting human interaction steps within otherwise automated processes, such as:
    • Advanced exception or approval processing before data automatically passes into enterprise systems or out to business partners
    • Expense reporting
  • Creating e-commerce Web sites such as an online store with shopping cart functionality.
  • Improving partner and customer collaboration through secure selective data sharing by easily deploying partner self-service applications (such as payment, order, and shipment status forms).
  • Enabling small trading partners to interact with your business processes by configuring data transformation from the online forms to EDI or XML.