Gartner Research

Master B2B Ecosystem Integration With a Blended EDI and API Approach

Published: 14 September 2017

ID: G00335550

Analyst(s): Mark O'Neill , Elizabeth Golluscio

Summary

APIs and API management complement, rather than replace, traditional B2B technologies such as EDI and MFT. Application leaders should leverage their legacy B2B skills while taking advantage of new API capabilities to optimize their business ecosystem for digital business.

Table Of Contents
  • Impacts
  • Recommendations

Analysis

Impacts and Recommendations

  • APIs enable real-time B2B interfaces, which must be reconciled with existing batch-based EDI
  • B2B onboarding has often been a source of frustration, but APIs provide a potential solution
  • New B2B experiences via mobile, social, and the IoT are now possible through APIs

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