This IDC study serves as a guide for short-listing the selection of B2Bi gateway software used for midlevel to highly sophisticated projects. There are several important elements that qualify B2Bi gateway software offerings for inclusion in this IDC MarketScape, including:
- B2Bi gateway software covers products that are used in projects rated as highly to moderately sophisticated. This was determined by a scoring model associated with complexity, based on our reference calls with customers and partners.
- The products, whether offered standalone or as a portfolio with supplemental products from the same vendor, demonstrated the ability to support standards- and nonstandards-based business-to-business transactions. The products were evaluated across six functional areas: onboarding, mapping, transformations, orchestration, troubleshooting, and visibility and reporting. Vendors also completed surveys about the protocols and verticals they support.
- The offerings are architecturally solid, supporting strategic investments that require reuse and scalability across an enterprise.
"Business-to-business integration (B2Bi) gateway requirements can range from simple, batch-oriented exchange of few types of trading documents between few trading partners to complicated, global platforms that are mission critical and real time," according to Chandana Gopal, research manager of BuyerPulse Analysis: Multi-Enterprise Integration."Understanding the capabilities and supported standards of B2Bi gateway software is critical to the success of a B2Bi implementation."
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