Five Best Practices to guide B2B Integration

At some point when implementing new B2B Integration software you will wrestle with the yin and yang between your new software and your organization’s own, closely held B2B best practices. 

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At some point when implementing new B2B Integration software you will wrestle with the yin and yang between your new software and your organization’s own, closely held B2B best practices.

As you power through hundreds of pages of technical documentation for your new B2B Integration software (or significant upgrade), you will learn – feature by feature –  how the software most effectively works in your current B2B environment. You will discover how and what roles team members will be assigned to support daily EDI routines and use cases.

But at some point, during the evaluation phase or implementation, or even your post-implementation period, there comes a time of reckoning. This is when you have to reconcile the yin and yang of new software and your existing best practices.

Guiding your B2B Integration evaluation and implementation in support of established best practices is common sense. And, as numerous memes tell us, “common sense is a super-power.”

That said, you’d be quite the IT or EDI newbie to assume your love of a tool’s new wonderful XU – or its improved performance capabilities or depth of functionality – guarantees 100% replication or support for previously embraced B2B practices.

Nor should it.  Older best practices are often built-on and tethered to technical limitations (consider all the intensely manual, checklists of clicks, now obsolete thanks to robotic process automation – RPA).

Back to the yin and yang of it, however. There is still plenty of blending-space for consensus or co-innovation between new B2B software and a company’s best practices.

5 Best practices to maximize your B2B integration

In our next DevCast Demo, Software AG’s B2B Product Manager John Wilson will share B2B best practices, referencing his deep experience as a longtime end-user of B2B integration tools at Fortune 500 organizations.

During this presentation we’ll discuss 5 best practices including:

  1. “Common sense is a superpower”
  2. Process-driven onboarding
  3. Creating/configuring your own B2B framework
  4. Documenting, cataloging and tracing your B2B data interfaces
  5. How to prepare for any B2B business question

Throughout the presentation, attendees will be able to see mapping between the above best practices and Software AG’s latest SaaS-based solution, B2B.