Sterling B2B Integrator - Associated External Applications

You can perform various activities that are crucial to managing your processes by using IBM® Sterling B2B Integrator with associated applications. The applications contain features that integrate with IBM Sterling B2B Integrator, eliminating complex custom development requirements.

IBM Sterling B2B Integrator includes a variety of associated applications that operate external to the IBM Sterling B2B Integrator interface. Some of these applications are included with IBM Sterling B2B Integrator and some must be bought separately, based on your requirements.

For example, the Graphical Process Modeler (GPM) is an external application associated with IBM Sterling B2B Integrator. Although you install it separately (through the IBM Sterling B2B Integrator interface) and use it to create business process models in a graphical palette, the GPM is designed to work with IBM Sterling B2B Integrator; it enables you to check your processes into IBM Sterling B2B Integrator from the GPM interface.

The following table describes the external applications that work together with IBM Sterling B2B Integrator:

Map EditorOffline, Windows-based user interface application for mapping data translation and transformation included with IBM Sterling B2B Integrator. Use it to translate documents to various data formats, including EDI, XML, SQL, CII, and others. You include the appropriate translation map and related services in your business process models to perform run-time translation.
Graphical Process Modeler (GPM)Offline, Windows-based graphical interface tool included with IBM Sterling B2B Integrator to create and modify business processes. Converts the graphical representation of business processes to well-formed BPML (source code), and saves you the effort of writing code.
AS2 EditionOptional, self-contained, Web-based application based on IBM Sterling B2B Integrator, which can work with or without the core IBM Sterling B2B Integrator product. A message management system enabling the exchange of a variety of documents between trading partners using secure AS2 EDIINT technology. The interface uses familiar IBM Sterling B2B Integrator conventions for ease of use.

External applications are installed in different ways. All the associated external applications are displayed in windows that are separate from the IBM Sterling B2B Integrator interface.

Access the Map Editor

Open the Map Editor by using the appropriate installation folder on your client’s computer.

The Map Editor can be installed only after IBM® Sterling B2B Integrator is installed because the Map Editor has to be downloaded from IBM Sterling B2B Integrator. An installation wizard guides you through the necessary steps. For more information about system requirements specific to Map Editor, see System Requirements.

Access the Graphical Process Modeler

While the resource files for the GPM are available on your client’s computer after you install IBM® Sterling B2B Integrator, the GPM is not automatically installed on your client’s computer.

The Graphical Process Modeler (GPM) can be installed only after IBM Sterling B2B Integrator is installed because the GPM has to be downloaded from IBM Sterling B2B Integrator.

Open the GPM by clicking Go! adjacent to Run Graphical Process Modeler in the Administration Menu. IBM Sterling B2B Integrator installs the GPM on your client’s computer.

IBM Sterling B2B Integrator uses Java Runtime Environment (JRE) 6.0 to launch the GPM. For more information about system requirements specific to the GPM, see System Requirements.


Note: When you launch the GPM, the system will verify if you have the Java 6.0 version installed. If you do not have the correct version of Java Runtime Environment (JRE), you must download Java Runtime Environment (JRE) 6.0 from the Oracle® Sun Development Network Web site before using the GPM. The minimum disk space required for GPM is 100 MB.

Access the AS2 Edition

To access the AS2 Edition, enter the user ID and password provided to you by your system administrator for the applications in the IBM® Sterling B2B Integrator login page.

IBM Sterling B2B Integrator enables users to access the application based on the permissions associated with the user account, and displays the appropriate interface.

The AS2 Edition is designed using the IBM Sterling B2B Integrator conventions to make navigation and conventions familiar. Menus, Help options, and procedure flows work the same way they do in the IBM Sterling B2B Integrator core product interface.

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