Thursday, 01 October 2015 23:03

MuleSoft Anypoint goes B2B


Integration specialist MuleSoft has added B2B features to its Anypoint Platform.

Point-to-point integration works, but requires a lot of effort to implement and then to maintain. So a hub-and-spoke model - where each application only has to deal with a single set of interfaces makes a lot more sense.

MuleSoft's Anypoint already offers a single platform for SOA, SaaS, APIs and enterprise mobility, and has now been extended to to address B2B and EDI use cases.

This provides an easier, quicker and cheaper alternative to using EDI VANs or building separate interfaces for each trading partner.

"Companies can now build reusable services across multiple B2B trading partners and B2B processes on a single connectivity platform. This enables increased agility and decreased time for partner onboarding, while reducing cost and risk," according to MuleSoft.

Anypoint B2B helps abstract away the complexity of EDI, allows organisations to build discrete microservices that can be reused across trading partners, and allows real-time business transactions.

It provides extended support for B2B/EDI message standards and transport protocols, and a trading partner management system that is fully integrated with the Anypoint platform.

"Across many industries, the exchange of electronic document B2B messages continues to be the means by which key business processes are transacted. EDI is not going away anytime soon. Anypoint B2B brings API-led connectivity to this traditional B2B integration, and allows organisations to drive innovation in their business by applying a modern connectivity framework to legacy technologies," said MuleSoft vice president of products Ken Yagen.

"This means that if an organisation wanted to create a mobile app, it can expose and share the data from the app through a modern API layer and over traditional EDI protocols out to the partner. The API-led approach enables powerful hybrid connectivity that allows real-time business transactions and more efficient business processes."

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