The modern solution to B2B integration
With the growth of e-commerce and electronic trading between businesses, today’s B2B networks must be architected for a many-to-many communication environment, and for multi-protocol support to handle different B2B standards. As digital business grows, companies need to improve the speed that they can onboard business partners, and ensure that their B2B integrations are flexible and scalable to cater for future growth and changes.
The use of JSON or XML in transactions
Most documents transferred nowadays are created in JSON or XML -based format from applications like ERP or accounting systems. By the same token, most recipient systems will expect to read the transactions in JSON or XML form, so there is no need to translate those transactions into an EDI format.
Use APIs to simplify legacy EDI services
APIs are the way that modern software is being inter-connected and transactions processed. As business moves to hybrid systems (cloud + on-premise), a decentralized architecture is evolving which requires loosely coupled integrations. This is where APIs work well because they can consolidate multiple systems and provide a common backend for applications.
Using APIs make it is easier, cheaper, faster, and more convenient to provide direct communication between business partners. As systems change and new partner solutions evolve, APIs give organisations more flexibility and speed in setting up integrations to new applications.
By adopting APIs, organizations of any size can be involved in a partner ecosystem that uses data interchange to make business more efficient.
For developers, they can build a set of APIs that act as the basis for integrations, and then reuse those APIs to reduce development time and effort for new B2B integrations.
The modern platform for B2B integration – iPaaS