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B2B Integration with EDI and APIs

Your electronic data interchange (EDI) solution can be the foundation of your enterprise B2B integration strategy — if you choose the right one. According to analysts, over 66% of all supply chain transactions are supported by EDI software solutions, so it’s crucial to choose a solution that is reliable, scalable, and extensible to meet all your integration platform challenges. IBM’s software and solutions support all major EDI standards and include the leading transformation capabilities to enable seamless, any-to-any transformation.  

With IBM, you can extend B2B integration capabilities to include APIs to meet emerging customer mandates, real-time transaction processing needs, and more. IBM also has EDI and B2B API solutions that align with virtually any IT infrastructure strategy with on-prem software,  containerized hybrid-cloud software, Software-as-a-service (SaaS) that can be self-managed, IT partner managed, or IBM-managed; and a business network (VAN) which has over 3.1M+ pre-existing business connections to help accelerate your growth and minimize onboarding time.  

The business value of IBM Sterling Data Exchange

Discover how secure customer connections yield a 383% return ROI, whether through MFT, EDI, or API integration.

Benefits of EDI with IBM Sterling Data Exchange 59% Fewer unplanned outages

Reliable transaction processing increases productivity, freeing up IT staff and keeping the business moving. By reducing the impact of unplanned outages on employees, organizations are losing less productive employee time.¹

55% Faster partner onboarding

Less time to onboard new trading partners and accelerate time to value, enabling full engagement 1.5 weeks earlier. You can scale your B2B activities to match the speed of your business.

49% Higher customer satisfaction

Improvement in average customer satisfaction ratings from upstream and downstream partners — with faster resolutions helping drive customer retention and revenues.¹

Offerings Modern and reliable B2B data exchange solutions built for demanding workloads. EDI and API routing with document transformation for any-to-any data exchange. IBM Sterling B2B Integration SaaS

A trusted, multi-enterprise cloud-based business network that helps streamline, automate and fully digitize B2B transactions.

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IBM Sterling B2B Gateway Pack

B2B Gateway software deployed on perms to automate and monitor the inter enterprise exchange of data.

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IBM Sterling B2B Integration Value-Added Network (VAN)

Reliable business network which automates the connecting, delivering, and routing of your B2B EDI transactions

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The strategic role of APIs with EDI in modern B2B collaboration


Augmenting the power of EDI integration with API capabilities within the same system helps to mitigate risk and capture new opportunities. A unified hybrid solution that combines the power of EDI and API eliminates complexity and builds supply chain resiliency – for you and your trading partners. 


Download the API whitepaper

APIs have emerged as a complementary way to further extend B2B transactions in a hybrid approach that drives additional business value.

Read the blog: EDI with APIs makes supply chain sense

Case studies Expediting B2B trade at Formica Group

Learn how Formica boosted their B2B transaction volumes by nearly 40%.

Creating the supply chain of the future at Li & Fung

By standardizing their work using EDI, Li & Fung is processing a peak of 1.5 million transactions an hour.

Reshaping supply chain processes at Saint-Gobain

Using EDI technology, Saint-Gobain saved 92% costs per line order.

Resources What is EDI?: An in-depth guide

Learn more about what electronic data interchange is, how it works, detailed benefits, how to implement EDI, future trends, and read case studies that show what success can mean.

EDI blogs

IBM experts share practical tips and insights gained from their experiences across multiple industries. They’ve “seen it all” and can tell you what to expect down the road.

EDI with APIs makes supply chain sense

Three suggestions to help build a unified platform that combines the power of EDI and API, eliminates complexity, and makes supply chain sense – for you and your trading partners.

Take the next step

Schedule a consultation with an expert who can help you transform your business networks with B2B collaboration solutions including EDI software. Explore financing options to find out how you can spread payments over time with flexible payments plans.


¹ IDC Business Value Snapshot (link resides outside ibm.com) of IBM Sterling Data Exchange Study; Simon Ellis, Mathew Marden Publisher, September 2023