Building a modern B2B strategy with APIs and EDI

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.

MuleSoft’s Anypoint Partner Manager modernizes how enterprises digitally connect with trading partners

Earlier this year, we announced Anypoint Partner Manager — a cloud-native, low-code B2B solution that accelerates onboarding and simplifies partner management. By extending the power of Anypoint Platform for B2B integrations, customers can leverage a single platform for APIs, integrations, and B2B. With Anypoint Partner Manager, businesses modernize their B2B integrations to move at the speed required of today’s businesses. 

EDI with an API-led approach

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When EDI first came into use, supply chains were simpler, with a limited number of suppliers. Now, thanks to globalization and specialized manufacturing, there might be hundreds of suppliers in a supply chain. And, as prices change, businesses move overseas, and market conditions evolve, these suppliers change as well. 

Modern supply chain management

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Digital disruption is having a profound effect on every industry, but the changes are perhaps most striking in industries like manufacturing, transportation logistics, and retail. Companies must be able to deliver new products and experiences, quickly adjust to changes in the marketplace, make business processes smooth and invisible to the end-consumer and, most importantly, be agile. Customers simply won’t tolerate delays because of a supply chain issue,

Why APIs are Not Like EDI, UML, and Other IT Fads

August 14 2017

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Today, APIs are an important part of how organizations conduct business––from internal APIs that streamline business processes to public APIs that generate revenue for organizations. The rising value of APIs raises the question: are APIs just another technology fad, shining brightly now, but soon to fade out of the spotlight?

Supply Chain API for Agility

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Traditional supply chains are coming under growing pressure as organisations search for growth in increasingly competitive markets. Around the world, changing economic conditions and customer demands mean that organisations need to find a way to be increasingly agile. Those unable to evolve their operations to match these new conditions risk quickly losing market share to their rivals.

The challenge is being made more acute because of restrictions on IT budgets.

EDI is System to System not B2B

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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.

B2B challenges in healthcare

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;

Webinar: The Future of EDI

August 18 2016

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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.

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