IBX Business Network and Trading Partner Integration

IBX Business Connect enables buyers and suppliers to integrate their on-premise eProcurement, sales order management and billing systems directly to the IBX Business Network. Business documents are exchanged via the IBX Connect integration hub providing validation, format transformation, enrichment and routing via different protocols. Advanced tools for transaction monitoring and troubleshooting are the guarantee for a fast and secured delivery of all kind of documents between buyers and suppliers.


Integration scenarios

When planning integrations between customers' on-premise systems, the IBX Business Network and other trading partners then it´s important to have a clear understanding of the integration scenario that needs to be supported.
Click here to see a short introduction to the main scenarios of self-service procurement based on SAP SRM.
See IBX Connect - SAP SRM Integration scenarios.

Supply network collaboration on the other side can become quite complex depending on the level of globalization and outsourcing. Various business processes between trading partners (buyers and suppliers) may involve different systems and third parties (e.g. service providers). Direct B2B integrations supporting instant electronical communication replacing older methods, such as phone, fax, or e-mail usually speed up goods delivery and payments which is true business value for both parties.
See IBX Connect - Supply network collaboration - Integration scenarios.

Integration process

The process of integrating customer's ERP, eProcurement or Finance & Accounting systems with the IBX Business Network is usually handled in form of scheduled integration projects with predefined scope and time frame. With help from experienced integration consultants the interfaces are first configured in a test environment where connectivity and certain scenarios reflecting different business processes and error cases are tested.
See IBX Connect - Integration process.

Standard protocols for integration

Best practice of exchanging business documents via the internet is using the HTTP protocol (POST) with SSL encryption and basic username/password authentication. This secures the transmission of sensitive business data ia a real-time mode with synchronous error handling. Other protocols like FTP, SMTP or X400 are available.
See IBX Connect - Protocols .

Document types

The main business document types reflecting the Procure-To-Pay business processes are Order, ChangeOrder, OrderResponse and Invoice/CreditNote. IBX trading partners are exchanging these documents via the IBX Connect transaction hub where they are mapped to the different formats depending on the receiver's capabilities. See IBX Connect - Document Types.

Formats

Inbound as well as outbound various XML and flatfile formats are supported such as SAP IDOC XML, xCBL 3.0 and 3.5, UBL 2.0, cXML, EDIFACT, ANSI X12, CSV, OXTA-OAGIS, PDF. Detailed specifications are provided on demand.
See: IBX Connect - Formats

Interoperability

The IBX Business Network is hosting a certified PEPPOL access point providing a gateway to the European PEPPOL Transport Infrastructure. Via the IBX Service Metadata Publisher (PEPPOL-SMP) trading partners can be registered in the PEPPOL network with their individual capabilities in terms of supported document types and business collaboration profiles.
See CEN BII - PEPPOL .

Tradeshift is further member of the European eInvoice Service Provider Association and together with other members working on standards for interoperability agreements between service provides to support the wide adoption of e-invoicing and its benefits. See the official EESPA website.

Integration Self Service

Traditionally B2B integration projects - depending on the capabilities of the involved partners - require development, custom transformations between different data formats and intensive testing. This website is giving insight into the integration capabilities of the IBX Business Network but shall also enable customers for self service and self testing. Read format specifications, download XML schema files and use the IBX Connect XML Validator for online validation of your XML messages to prepare for an integration towards IBX!
Validate here!