The Sterling B2B Integrator Advantage
Sterling B2B Integrator is configured strategically around the specific processes crucial to your company’s success.
Its systematic and managed approach supports your integration requirements for both transaction-oriented and batch processes, and works with both pre-existing Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) protocols and Internet-based XML protocols. You can enable your existing systems to integrate past, present, and future technologies and practices
Business Process Approach
The Sterling B2B Integrator approach to integration centers around business process management. A business process is a goal-driven, ordered flow of activities that accomplishes a business objective.
- XML, EDI, and proprietary file translation, transformation, and filtering
- Human interaction through a browser interface (such as reviewing and approving data)
- Content-based routing of messages
- Data publishing
Extended process models that integrate the execution of a B2B protocol, such as AS2, with enterprise system integration, such as invoking the SAP adapter
You can create and coordinate activities into business process models, extending the automation of your processes and increasing the value of your e-business operations.
An example of a simple business process is the fire-and-forget publishing of a business event to a group of interested participants. The steps that comprise the process trigger the process and the subsequent publishing of the event to the interested parties.
A complex business process might require multiple interactions among many applications in a start-and-stop, request-response mode, along with human interaction, occurring over a long period of time.
For more information, see Business Process Engine.
Sterling B2B Integrator is designed around a core transaction engine, which orchestrates your message exchange, routing, translation, and other processes.
Modular design enables you to add capabilities for specific activities to the core, as required, promoting enhanced flexibility in adapting your system to changing requirements.
Examples of components that you can add include B2B services, adapters for specific applications and technology, and a Web-based forms-creation component that lets you create interfaces for human interaction. You can customize your solution to suit your requirements.
Building on Your Existing Assets
The compatibility of Sterling B2B Integrator with your existing systems and its modular design, drastically reduces the standard complications associated with large-scale systems changes.
Sterling B2B Integrator components not only work together, they work with the systems you already have in place, including the IBM® Sterling Gentran:Server® family of products and IBM Sterling Connect:Direct®, IBM Sterling Connect:Enterprise®, and Sterling Information Broker®. By tightly coordinating your systems and streamlining their processes, you can save on costs, which you can apply to your core business or to additional integration-related components.
For more information, see Interoperability with IBM Sterling Gentran:Server and IBM Sterling Connect:Direct Products.
Leveraging Industry Standards
To meet your ongoing integration goals and business automation directives, you must rely on software that works within the accepted industry standards.
Reducing integration complexity and cost by minimizing the need for custom programming and re-training support staff
Supporting the rapid and secure delivery of emerging solutions for collaborative processes between businesses and business units
Sterling B2B Integrator Standards
Business Process Modeling Language (BPML, an XML-based meta language), XPATH (a non-SML language that can identify parts of XML documents for later use), XSLT (Extensible Style Language Transformation)
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You can create customized security and facilitate related user-based routing within a process, based on the security settings for a user.
You can designate entities (such as a trading partner) and groups (users, depending on their role), and assign them the permissions that you configure.
- AS2 and AS3 transport
- Digital certificate management
- Document encryption in the database
- SSL for HTTP
- SFTP and FTP server capability
- A trading partner-specific process firewall
- Digital signatures with ebXML messaging
- User ID and password authentication for user interface applications
- A service that revokes compromised digital certificates