Implementation Overview & Process

Implementation of Sterling B2B Integrator requires a series of stages.

This section provides a sequential overview of the process to be followed in order to implement Sterling B2B Integrator. The information is designed to familiarize you with the general tasks for most users.

In order to use Sterling B2B Integrator you must complete a series of steps. The following table provides the process for implementing Sterling B2B Integrator:

Implementation Process

The descriptions of the implementation stages do not indicate the role the user who performs the tasks, but assumes that the appropriate user performs each of the steps in the process. The user can be a system administrator or any other user with the responsibility for the described tasks.

The topics in this section describe the implementation stages for Sterling B2B Integrator, and are presented in a logical order.

Creating Architectural Design Plan

Your architectural design plan details the ways that you use Sterling B2B Integrator, and the components and features you employ in the process.

This stage is perhaps the most intensive part of your overall implementation. The more accurate and detailed your plans are, the more efficiently your implementation will progress.

Your plan must center on determining the processes that your business must automate and integrate. These processes must include high-level considerations, such as plans to:
  • Set up clusters or use multiple nodes
  • Perform internodal document tracking
  • Create trading partner communities
  • Use the perimeter service and other components in the DMZ

The planning process becomes complex as you study it from a software perspective and consider how you want to achieve the objectives.

For each process, IBM® professionals can help you to define the business process model you will create in Sterling B2B Integrator, including the services, adapters, components, and technologies you require, the systems that Sterling B2B Integrator will interact with, and provide information about what exactly has to happen to the data at each step in a process. All these factors determine your system size.

Determining System and Hardware Requirements