The business-to-business (B2B) ecosystem just got bigger.
And your partners want you to know about it.
This is not to say, of course, that suppliers, customers, distributors and logistics providers have lessened their intensity or execution of tight controls over document transmissions. Rest assured that purchase orders, invoices, Advanced Shipping Notices (ASNs), quotes, contracts, health records and payments are making the world go ‘round. And a single B2B gateway - that streamlines partner onboarding and manages document traffic while increasing partner satisfaction through comprehensive EDI data-interchange – is still the broadest shoulders for B2B integration.
But whether or not an organization’s current B2B system is adequate, or whether it’s homegrown or mostly out-of-the-box, the Global 2000 have long believed in maximizing their partner network technology in order to grow revenue, innovate and simply put, make their businesses perform better.
And yet (given the focus and demands of high-traffic volume requirements for large B2B implementations), it’s only in recent years that companies have begun paying attention to an area of B2B communication where attention must be paid: file transfer.
Companies who utilize innovative B2B solutions - and their partners – are seeing the connection. They recognize that file exchanges or transfers, should absolutely be supported through best-in-breed B2B functionality. Like B2B systems, business file exchanges should be centrally managed, protected by state-of-the-art enterprise security and monitored through all points of the file transfer life-cycle.
In our upcoming Digital Business DEMOs presentation, “Deploy All Your B2B / MFT Capabilities in a Single Integration Platform,” we’ll talk about the technical and architectural synergies between webMethods Trading Networks for B2B and webMethods Active Transfer for Managed File Transfer (MFT).
In a recent presentation, we demonstrated how the functionality and architecture of a powerful MFT solutionmirrors that of a top-flight B2B solution. Now the conversation is expanded to include how Software AG’s B2B and MFT solutions are tightly integrated to facilitate seamless document/file exchanges – plus offering a unified view into all document/file transactions.