A Web Services-Enabled B2B Integration Approach for SMEs
Effective exchange and sharing of information across supply chains play a key role in Business-To-Business Integration (B2Bi). Web Services enable companies to collaborate closely with their business partners and gain access to needed information and business logic. However, helping Small and Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs) to participate in B2B collaborations and make use of the advances of the service-oriented technologies are challenging tasks. In an effort to bridge the gap between small and big companies, a Web Services-enabled B2B integration approach for SMEs was developed. It provides a feasible and cost-effective solution for SMEs to take part in B2B collaborations by taking advantage of Web services' characteristics and lightweight IT infrastructure for SMEs.