Business to Business Middleware Overview
What is Business to Business Middleware Software?
Middleware is a very broad
term that can be defined as a translation layer between different applications
and encompasses a number of different technologies, such as message-oriented
middleware and database middleware. B2B middleware though, has a narrower definition,
and is concerned first and foremost with routing data from a firm’s business
applications to the applications of business partners such as customer,
suppliers or banks.
Data must be extracted from the source system, which might be an ERP system or securities trading platform or an HR system whether it is an installed system or, as is increasingly the case, a cloud-based system. Data can be extracted using an API or specialized middleware supplied by the enterprise application.
Once the data has been extracted, it must be correctly formatted so that it can be shared by a completely different system. Typical standard formats are EDI or XML. However, each of these formats has specific variants specific to particular vertical industries. When the data has been formatted, it must then be transmitted to the business partner and, once again, there are a number of different network protocols such as HTTP-baaed AS1 and AS2, or FTP to support B2B integration.
Business-to-Business Middleware Products
The Anypoint Platform developed by MuleSoft and acquired by Salesforce in early 2018 is designed to connect apps, data, and devices anywhere, on-premises or in the cloud. This platform was built to offer tools that architects and developers can adopt quickly to design, build and manage the entire...
Ensemble from global company InterSystems (headquartered in Massachusetts) is a middleware and application infrastructure offering.
The elastic.io Integration Platform is designed as a set of tools for data transformation and data integration both cloud-to-cloud and cloud-to-ground. It belongs to the hybrid integration platform category, as it can be deployed in the cloud as well as on-premise. The elastic.io platform is...
Magic xpi Integration Platform is a business-to-business middleware offering, from Magic Software Enterprises in Laguna Hills, California.
webMethods Trading Network is a B2B middleware offering from Software AG.
Informatica MDM is an enterprise master data management solution that competes directly with IBM's InfoSphere and Oracle's Siebel UCM product. The product has about 200 licensed users.
Actian Pervasive Data Integrator is a data integration solution supported by Actian following the merging of that company with Pervasive.
Cleo Clarify, formerly Extol Business Integrator, is a business-to-business middleware offering owned and supported by Cleo since its 2016 acquisition of Extol.
Synchrony from Axway is a middleware offering.
WebOTX is an application server and infrastructure tool, and B2B middleware offering, from NEC.
DataCloud is a data integration platform from Actian.
Cordys Business Operations Platform is legacy middleware, its functionality is now integrated into OpenText's Enterprise Process Management (EPM) suite (since acquisition of Cordys by OpenText in 2013).
Composer is a tool from Axway, in Phoenix, Arizona, a middleware offering.
Data Messaging is a middleware offering from Easylink; that company was acquired by OpenText in 2012 and its technology has since been integrated into OpenText's platforms.
E2E Bridge, from Swiss company E2E Technologies, is an application infrastructure and middleware offering.
Axway ProcessManager is a business process management (BPM) platform and middleware solution.
Seeburger BIS is a business-to-business middleware offering from global company Seeburger (HQ'ed in Germany).
IBM's Sterling B2B Collaboration Network is a business-to-business middleware offering.