Data Management

Using Variable Communication Technologies for Realizing Business Collaborations

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Executive Summary

In today's business world, enterprises are not only using Web Services for implementing B2Bi. Instead, AS2 for realizing Internet based EDI, ebXML Messaging and even SMTP and FTP are used for exchanging business documents. Harmonizing B2Bi communication technology in a way that solely uses Web Services is barely an option for large enterprises as this would result in losing investments in existing IT systems. Moreover, forcing a specific communication technology upon all business partners is neither intended nor realistic in practice. At the same time, existing business document exchanges frequently only implement B2Bi scenarios partly.

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