Read: The Business Value of IBM Sterling B2B Integration and Managed File Transfer Solutions

What is B2B collaboration?

B2B collaboration is a network of organizations working together to plan and execute operations and meet shared objectives — improved efficiency, cost reduction, product innovation and customer service improvement. Joint initiatives where companies collaborate effectively and manage their supplier relationships and see dramatic improvements in meeting these goals.

B2B networks will continue to grow in size and complexity

You manage an increasingly complex, multi-enterprise ecosystem overrun with disparate systems, processes and tools. To stand apart in today’s hyper-connected, global economy, you need to radically simplify connectivity between people, systems and data that matter to your business.

Discover how smarter business networks optimized for B2B and B2C value exchange help you break down siloes, enable the flow of information across your business, quickly onboard new partners, and fuel collaboration between your lines of business, suppliers, carriers and customers.

Key capabilities

24x7 connectivity with redundancy
Establish an always-on B2B information exchange

Security-rich and scalable with encrypted data protection
Support the most demanding loads and transactions

Global network of over 500,000 connected trading partners
Reduce complexity of maintaining B2B connections


Track, trace and audit
Quickly identify, prioritize and make recommendations for next-best actions

Flexible and fast in the cloud
Protect current investments and integrate new technologies

Partner connections made easier
Connect to your B2B network with RESTful APIs

B2B collaboration client success stories


B2B integration software modernizes your B2B connectivity to meet the ongoing demands of the business — while reducing costs and complexity

IBM Sterling B2B Integrator

IBM Sterling Supply Chain Business Network

IBM Sterling Transformation Extender

IBM Sterling Global Mailbox

IBM Sterling File Gateway

IBM Sterling Partner Engagement Manager

Managed file transfer (MFT) software simplifies the complex to prepare you for hyper-growth in file sizes, volumes of connections and time-sensitive data

IBM Sterling Secure File Transfer

IBM Sterling Control Center Director

IBM Sterling Partner Engagement Manager


IBM point of view: The future of EDI

Emerging technologies like IoT, blockchain and AI will provide businesses the tools to solve new challenges that require more than B2B document exchange.

Video: Overview of IBM Sterling Global Mailbox 6.0

IBM Sterling Global Mailbox 6.0 features a high-availability architecture for active deployments across two data centers which are consistently up and running — sending, receiving, processing and replicating mailbox data.

Infographic: Failure is not an option for your file transfers

Top three reasons IT leaders give for choosing managed file transfer over FTP for file delivery.

Take the next step

Engage an expert

Schedule a one-on-one consultation with experts who can help you make your business network smarter.

Finance your project

Connect with IT financing experts to find out about flexible payment options and see how you can defer payments for up to three months for your IBM Sterling solution.