Many business-to-business (B2B) deployments are unsuccessful due to the lack of proper planning prior to installing and configuring the software solution. Also, it is often forgotten that implementing a B2B solution has implications for the overall IT infrastructure. Network security, network availability, and application integration are all equally required of a successful B2B solution implementation.
In this IBM Redbooks publication, we start with a discussion about topics that a B2B consultant needs to know before working on a B2B project. A deep understanding of the B2B product, an understanding of business issues, and network technologies are all required.
The second part of this book discusses the typical phases of a B2B project, starting with assessment meetings and ending with post-production support.
In the last part of this book, we discuss the production implementation of WebSphere® Business Integration Connect within a topology that consists of two DMZs, a reverse proxy and a load balancer. Within this environment, we have implemented the exchange of EDI documents within AS2 messages over Secure HTTP (HTTPS).
Table of contents
Part 1. Preparing for a B2B project
Chapter 1. Overview
Chapter 2. Introducing WebSphere Business Integration Connect
Chapter 3. Aspects of security
Chapter 4. Implementation topologies
Part 2. Managing a B2B project
Chapter 5. Introduction to B2B projects
Chapter 6. Project Espresso: Discovery phase
Chapter 7. Project Espresso: Planning phase
Chapter 8. Project Espresso: Testing phase
Chapter 9. Project Espresso: Production deployment phase
Chapter 10. Project Espresso: Partner ramping phase
Chapter 11. Project Espresso: Support phase
Part 3. Implementing a B2B solution
Chapter 12. Validating the environment
Chapter 13. Implementing a firewall
Chapter 14. Implementing a proxy server
Chapter 15. Deploying the solution
Chapter 16. Implementing a load balancer
Chapter 17. Troubleshooting the deployment
Chapter 18. Implementing HTTPS
Chapter 19. Testing the deployment
Appendix A. Using the port test utility
Appendix B. Additional material