Business value in B2B scenarios - IBM Websphere

There are many B2B scenarios where electronic data interchange (EDI) is not the standard that is used, and other data formats, such as flat file, XML, iDocs, and so forth, might be used. In these scenarios, the DataPower XB60 can play a key role by being positioned inside the demilitarized zone (DMZ),performing the tasks of both transformation and partner management. This way, transformation needs can be covered, and back-end systems do not have to worry about data integration with our partners, because it will be handled by the device.

In order to present an example of the XB60 performing data transformation, we introduce another business scenario where a banking hub needs to trade payments with their trading partners in a secure fashion. The banking hub receives data from its back-end Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system that needs to be sent to its partners.

This customer needs the following core requirements and business value:

  • The customer must have the ability to verify partner information in the DMZ.
  • The customer requires support for receiving AS2 B2B messages.
  • All AS3 data must be signed and encrypted.
  • AS3 Message Disposition Notifications (MDNs) must be signed.
  • The customer must be able to transform XML documents to and from flat file format.
  • The customer requires the ability to validate XML documents against theirsupported schema.
  • Any payload data stored on the appliance must be encrypted.

Next, we look at how we can address all of these requirements.

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