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B2B Application Integration

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

There are several integration patterns that a company can use to achieve B2B. The choice as to which integration pattern to choose depends on the agreement with the trading partners, existing infrastructure and integration goals, such as level of synchronization and degree of autonomy desired.

Data oriented integration provides data access interface abstraction. It always involves data sharing and can result in communication between an application and a data source or a data source to another data source. It can be schedule or event-driven, based on the type of integration pattern used, such as synchronous replication or asynchronous replication, data warehouses or virtual data warehouses. The most common solution based on data oriented integration uses an ETL server.

Application oriented integration involves API or RPC communication between application components, which may or may not involve data. Since cross-organization applications have to be integrated directly in this pattern, the participating companies have to work very closely to jointly develop the applications. Companies have less autonomy in this integration pattern, thus making it the least suitable for most B2B implementations. However, this type of integration is synchronous in nature, i.e., the data is shared on a real-time basis.

Portal oriented integration is a quick way for small to medium size companies to provide data access to customers and trading partners through a Web-based interface.

Business process oriented integration provides process interface abstraction that maintains the integrity of business rules. This integration type is being used by companies more and more as it not only aims at integration, but also at making the business processes of a company efficient by eliminating latency. Moreover, this integration type gives companies complete autonomy in terms of how they want to conduct their business, as long as they are able to communicate with their trading partners based on certain pre-determined standards.

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