Modern EDI is EDI, B2B, EAI and MFT

Back in the good old days when I first stated in the world of EDI, EDI was just EDI.  The world has changed, so has technology, business and the software and tools available.   EDI morphed from supporting your standard transaction sets onto XML, CSV, Application files, API’s via Web Services,  Cloud services / SaaS, and eventually on to application to application integration within the organization. When you look for software and services today you have to consider a solid B2B middleware that will support all of your integration needs.  Modern integration suites support everything such as FTP, FTPS, SFTP, AS2 via MFT  (managed file transfer) as well as Web Services (Rest and SOAP), Cloud service integration, and File system monitoring (folders). In addition, if not obvious, Any-To-Any translation and having the ability to build business processes with complex business logic support are absolutely essential.

Long story short EDI is not just EDI and it hasn’t been for some time.

Over the next few months we hope to dive into a few options, some of the industry leaders (depending on time & company participation) such as:

  • Extol Business Integrator – EBI
  • IBM Sterling B2B Integrator – SI / SBI
  • Liaison’s Delta and Contivo with ECS
  • OpenText TrustedLink (Inovis)
  • OpenText BizManager (GXS)
  • Informatica B2B Data Exchange and Data Transformation

What are you using for your modern EDI / B2B Integration Software and what is your strategy? (Tools / Software / Managed Services)

IBM to buy AT&T’s Sterling unit for $1.4B

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NEW YORK (AP) — IBM Corp. said Monday that it is buying AT&T Inc.’s Sterling Commerce unit, which makes software that helps businesses buy and sell to each other, for $1.4 billion.

The deal would be IBM Corp.’s largest acquisition since it bought business software maker Cognos in 2008.

Sterling runs “collaboration networks” where companies can interact with vendors. It has 18,000 clients worldwide and enables more than 1 billion deals per year, IBM and AT&T said. Customers include H.J. Heinz Co., Motorola Inc., Boise Cascade LLC and Boston Market Corp. The parties would not provide a figure for the unit’s annual revenue.

This should be interesting to follow…

FYI – Sterling Commerce makes Gentran, Gentran Integration Suite and Sterling Integrator.