Modern supply chain management solutions often rely on both EDI and APIs. EDI is often seen as the business standard for B2B transactions, however, the use of APIs has become more prevalent, especially for real-time data transfer. Businesses aren’t forced to choose between using modern APIs over traditional EDI, as there are uses for both in B2B integrations. As businesses digitally transform, they must adopt a balanced strategy for B2B integrations by embracing real-time transactions via APIs to augment their batch transactions via EDI.
The orchestration of system-to-system file transfers by enterprises with external trading partners (commonly known as B2B file transfer) has been around for decades; as far back as the beginning of standard network protocols.
90% of everything is moved around the world in containers across countries and continents. The containerization of cargo is a highly efficient and open standard of transport. It’s efficient because the same physical container can be easily handled by a super sophisticated automated terminal in Rotterdam as well as the more basic terminals across Africa and Asia. It’s a simple structure that can easily flow through and between businesses and it’s easy to work with agnostically.
You don’t need us to tell you how drastically the retail industry is changing. The convergence of channels driven by always-connected consumers and emerging technology is completely altering the way we shop for everything. To keep up with the pace of change, retailers need to be agile, flexible, and adaptable, which isn’t always easy with B2B technology standards. Here are the top 4 B2B challenges that retailers have to solve in order to thrive amidst digital disruption.
It’s no secret that paying for healthcare in the United States is extremely difficult to do. Payment systems for healthcare across the country are highly fragmented; many payers and providers use multiple formats for remittance. This creates challenges and frustration for patients, providers, and insurance companies, particularly at a time when there is increased pressure to reduce costs. Other industries use B2B automation processes in standard languages like EDI to standardize and automate payment systems;
If you work with EDI on a regular basis, you know that it is a technology that often doesn’t keep up with the modern enterprise’s needs for integration and scalability. But it doesn’t have to be that way. We’re excited to be presenting a webinar with Redwood Logistics who have created a new platform with MuleSoft that makes B2B communication easier for their customers.
EDI is an industry standard messaging protocol in the transportation logistics industry. It is also notoriously difficult to work with, as it is an aging technology, and is often not immediately compatible with newer types of systems like SaaS and mobile applications.
Yet companies in the transportation industry need modern B2B collaboration and integration with new systems as companies are now competing on supply chain efficiency. They have to reduce their non-production costs and streamline how they deliver their goods to market.
If you think the world is becoming more complex, you are probably right. One place where this is readily apparent is the supply chain industry. It used to be that a typical supply chain was made up of 5 or 6 suppliers. Now, thanks to specialized manufacturing and globalization, a supply chain might have hundreds of partners with complex relationships. This has had profound consequences on numerous industries, notably retail, logistics, and manufacturing.
We recently introduced our HowTo blog series, which is designed to present simple use-case tutorials to help you as you evaluate MuleSoft’s Anypoint platform. In this blog post, we show how an organization can use Anypoint Platform to communicate with their partners using a secure file-based solution.
When an organization communicates with its business partners, there are many different options such as traditional B2B exchange,
MuleSoft provides the most widely used integration platform for connecting any application, data source or API, whether in the cloud or on-premises. With Anypoint Platform®, MuleSoft delivers a complete integration experience built on proven open source technology, eliminating the pain and cost of point-to-point integration. Anypoint Platform includes CloudHub™ iPaaS, Mule ESB™, and a unified solution for API management™, design and publishing.