One of the biggest challenges with adoption of B2B integration is that companies, especially small ones, lack the budget, resources and expertise to participate in these initiatives. So we think it is important to make B2B as easy and inexpensive as possible. You can use our Trading Grid to exchange data with both large and small business partners using a wide variety of technologies that span a wide range of price points.
You can connect to Trading Grid in 20 different ways. In fact, we like to say that we support every communications paradigm in the market, but it does sometimes get us into trouble. Out-of-work carrier pigeons regularly congregate outside our offices around the world. We continue to tell them that we only ship data electronically.
Your larger business partners probably prefer to exchange data using a point-to-point approach. Trading Grid supports over 100,000 point-to-point connections using a variety of network protocols. You can use Trading Grid to exchange transactions using:
- Internet Protocols—We support all the major Internet protocols for exchanging data. AS1, AS2, AS3, FTP over VPN, FTP with SSH, FTP with SSL, OFTP2, MQ and ebMS just to name a few.
- Regional Protocols—We support many of the country-specific B2B protocols. Examples include Zengin, the HULFT MFT protocol in Japan and the EBICS banking standard in France and Germany.
- Legacy Protocols—The Grid supports mainframe connectivity options such as SNA and LU 6.2. We even support dial-up communications discontinued by major telecommunications carriers years ago.
Small and midsized companies often lack the budget, resources and expertise to support the integration technologies used by large companies, EDI and XML. We think a different approach is required to help these organisations send and receive B2B transactions. Some of our most popular include:
- Web Forms—We will post any electronic documents you receive to a website. You can also create documents on the web, which will be converted into EDI or XML format. There is no software to license and install. And no training is required. Anyone with a browser and a PC can sign up to use these applications in minutes.
- Microsoft Excel—Unofficially the world’s most popular ERP application, Microsoft Excel, is often the source or target of data exchanged with small businesses. So we built an adapter that installs in the ribbon bar of Microsoft Excel. One click of a mouse triggers a behind-the-scenes exchange of data that is transparent to the user.
- OpenText Freeway—An affordable range of B2B e-commerce solutions that enable small- and medium-sized businesses to create, send, receive, print, and manage EDI documents. The simple Windows-based interface enables new users to begin using Freeway quickly and easily. As your business grows you can upgrade with Freeway, integrating with your accounting system or building your own trading community.