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B2B Process Integration and B2B

Source:BtoB B2B(2010-12-11)Categories:[B2B News] Keyword: B2B

BPI for B2B applications is based on shared processes, which represent an extension of data exchange capabilities to include agreements on multiple interdependent sets of messages. For example, two companies might agree to an order management process that specifies how acknowledgements are handled, the exception paths for order changes and backorders, or other logic specific to the relationship between buyer and seller.

Business process oriented integration has several benefits for an organization and its trading partners. They include:

Opportunity to redesign existing business processes and take out any sort of latency involved.

Ability to design, model, automate and execute new business processes based on collaboration with the trading partners.

Capability to hide the intricacies of how each company handles internally the processing of data exchanged via messages based on standard business semantics. As long as the format and semantics of messages exchanged between companies remains the same, the underlying application responsible for processing and generating messages can change.

Ability to monitor all the processes by getting real-time status information about their operational state.

Allows the reuse of source or target system despite changes in process model. The main feature of this approach is to allow the relevant information to be extracted from any source application, target application, or data store with the use of the routing feature in a BPI solution tool. This allows the model itself to be changed, due to process flow change or logic change, but without the change in the application(s) that are part of the process model.

Supports the flow of information amongst organizations involved in a community setting, providing a proactive system that shares important information in real-time.

Makes it possible not to share organizational sensitive information with the business partner community.

Business process integration is made possible by a complete business process management suite, which includes a modeling tool, a business process engine and an administration tool. The modeling tool is used to graphically design and model business processes. The workflows generated depict processes of business activities in a graphical manner. They define how the information flows between applications with the logic that controls that flow.

The engine provides the process integration technology and environment for executing business processes. It generates, processes and transforms the data which flows between cross-organization, disparate and autonomous applications, based on the business rules. It works in tandem with message oriented or transaction oriented middleware. The administration tool provides administration functionalities such as monitoring the business processes and may also include reporting functionality for generating various reports on the performance of business processes.

BPI aims to achieve end-to-end EAI and B2B application integration while working with multi-organizational setup using various platforms, formats, technologies and processes.

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