B2B Integration is getting very serious about its new relationship with microservices.

Given modern B2B is all about building value-based ecosystems where partnerships extend beyond typical supply-chain transactions, microservices is prepared to deliver compelling value and inspire innovation when it comes to differentiating B2B enterprises.

Microservices can help modernize B2B development methodology by using a “containerized” or “sum of its parts” approach. Think of microservices as a series of one or many pieces derived from a larger, complex system. These smaller pieces can be engineered, tested and deployed independently of the usual monolithic type of cross-coordination associated with members of a large engineering team. This increases the speed at which you deliver your apps to market, helping you be more responsive to the needs of the business as well as your customers.

Of course, the above is a net-neutral description. To help understand the attraction, let’s consider potential B2B Integration use cases for Microservices deployment.

B2B Use case #1: Custom partner apps

Microservices can be used for the deployment of designated, tier-one partner portals. When an organization has hundreds of trading partners, a more standardized or centralized approach is more effective.

But, for example, a high-volume, revenue-generating partner may have special and unique customer service needs. Your business will want to foster this relationship with tier-one partners by providing custom services and individualized attention to ensure revenue growth and partner satisfaction. Fast-tracking your project with microservices allows you to independently develop, test and deploy premiere partners apps and minimize disruption.

Use case #2: Shared B2B analytics

Partners within the same industry, or remotely sharing an instance of webMethods Trading Networks (for example), can create mutually beneficial services - sharing B2B process data to analyze and measure the volumes and business types of document transmissions.

Indeed, microservices development can be triggered by any number of real-world use cases, such as:

  • Requests to support AS4 translations (or other protocols)
  • Special ASN requirements
  • Sudden volume spikes in one partner’s B2B transmissions
  • Coordinating multiple truckloads between customers

In reality, microservices is not about increasing - but actually reducing the complexity of B2B integration. The flexibility to isolate one application for further enhancements or fixes without impacting other areas of your B2B application portfolio, is one of microservices major achievements.

To review:

  • A microservices-based, B2B approach makes easier the deployment of independent services
  • Changes to one application will not impact entire systems
  • Microservices can be scaled independently, maintaining the individual integrity for partner apps and portals

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