Lightwell B2B Framework

Reduce Sterling B2B Integrator implementation time and costs by up to 70% while gaining greater control, visibility, and insight.

Why Consider a B2B Framework?

B2B integration is mission-critical to your organization. That’s why you may be considering—or have already implemented—an IBM B2B Integration solution such as IBM Sterling B2B Integrator or IBM Transformation Extender (ITX).

Perhaps you are in the process of planning the implementation of IBM Sterling B2B Integrator—but you’re faced with extremely tight deadlines, overwhelmed IT resources, and a shortage of the specific skills and expertise needed to ensure success.

Maybe you’re already enjoying the extensive capabilities of the IBM B2B integration solutions, but you’re facing challenges around managing exceptions and changes—including identifying and addressing errors, adding partners, and addressing their changing needs, and responding to numerous information requests from internal departments, customers and partners.

The time, effort and delays involved not only drive up costs—they lead to customer dissatisfaction, challenges competing in new markets, failure to meet regularity requirements, and costly downtime in your supply chain.

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Or, perhaps you want to get more value from the data that flows through your B2B operations. Executives, business, and technical managers want and need visibility into the data and trends—but with so many specific, individual requirements and preferences, it isn’t feasible to generate and distribute reports for all of them.

As a result, your company misses out on opportunities to identify and respond to trends, fine-tune decision-making, and outperform the competition.

How the Lightwell B2B Framework Can Help

We developed the Lightwell B2B Framework to help companies overcome these challenges, improve their operations, and get the most value from their B2B investments. It has been developed based on expertise, insights, and best practices gained through over a decade of working with IBM and assisting many companies across a variety of industries.

It helps companies achieve faster time-to-benefit for IBM Sterling B2B Integrator, greater efficiency and control across their B2B operations, and enhanced visibility as they communicate with their partners, suppliers, and customers.

Our B2B Framework offers:

Over 300

pre-built components and assets

Pre-defined

configurable rules-based processes for most common

Centralized

visibility and control of documents and processes

End-to-end

visibility and 360-degree life-cycle tracking

Simplified

trading partner onboarding and management

Secure

role-based access for business users and partners

Individualized

dashboards and reporting for business and technical users

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Extensive capabilities

Over 300 Pre-Built Components

The Lightwell B2B Framework includes over 300 pre-built B2B Integrator components and standardized, rules-based processes for most communication, translation and routing needs. This helps you avoid a significant amount of up-front development costs to get the system up and running, and enables you to adapt the system to your needs through configuration—not coding. In addition, it incorporates best practices into your implementation, while ensuring smooth changes and upgrades in the future.

Simplified Trading Partner Onboarding and Management

B2B Framework reduces trading partner onboarding time from days or weeks to just minutes and simplifies and streamlines trading partner management. It comes with rules-based configuration and dozens of pre-built process flows out-of-the-box, so no custom development is required to onboard a partner. This helps companies expand rapidly into new markets and geographies faster, adapt quickly to changing business and technical needs, and makes doing business with your company a much more positive experience.

Centralized Visibility and Control

B2B Framework helps you simplify and consolidate all of your B2B integration administration activities. It provides a powerful and easy-to-use interface for managing workflows, searches, and exceptions, while providing end-to-end visibility across all transactions, files and communications. You’ll be able to quickly find everything you need to know about a transaction in one place, and spend far less time searching, tracking, auditing and remediating B2B transactions.

Easy Re-Processing and Re-Sending

With just a couple of mouse clicks, you can easily re-process or re-send messages and documents to address a single transaction issue or many — without needing to involve other systems.

360 Degree Life Cycle Tracking

You can quickly find related transactions using a wide variety of business and technical search criteria. You’ll be able to easily find and track all transactions that pertain to the life cycle of any workflow, saving you a great deal of time and effort.

End-to-End Visibility

You can quickly locate a transaction and drill down into the details to find out where a transaction was sent or received, the times that each workflow step occurred, and the communications and protocols used. You’ll be able to provide technical and business details to internal departments and to partners as needed, while significantly reducing the time and effort involved.

Secure, Role-Based Self-Service Access

In addition to better equipping your IT staff to quickly address partner and internal inquiries, B2B Framework enables your company to offer self-service, role-based access to select business users and partners. Through a secure, self-service portal, non-technical individuals—both internal and external—can easily resolve questions and issues about transactions and status on their own—without IT involvement.

Highly-Configurable, Role-Based Dashboards and Reporting

With B2B Framework, select individuals across the enterprise—including business executives, technical managers, and sales, service and marketing staff—can log in via Web browser to view their own dashboard containing the reports they specify. Based on their role and individual permissions they can easily configure what they want to see and how they want to see it. This gives them access to valuable B2B data that matter most to them for improving the business, while reducing the burden on IT.

Support for IBM Transformation Extender (ITX) and ITX Advanced

In addition, companies using IBM Transformation Extender and IBM Transformation Extender Advanced for the transformation of high-volume, complex, and industry standard transactions will benefit from greater visibility, lifecycle tracking, improved reporting, faster identification of errors, and rapid reprocessing capabilities. They’ll be able to identify and address problems quickly—right within the B2B Framework interface—while avoiding costly errors.

A Single Interface for Managing and Optimizing Multiple Solutions

With the ability to support multiple IBM B2B integration solutions, B2B Framework can help your company leverage the best combination of capabilities for your needs, while centralizing and simplifying management tasks and reporting.

Tight Coupling with SAP

B2B Framework: SAP edition provides an out-of-the-box B2B processing environment to integrate SAP applications with IBM Sterling B2B Integrator.  It supports the exchange of a full range of SAP IDoc status messages, with no custom business development required. You’ll be able to quickly see all transaction status details in one place.

Benefits of our B2B Framework for
IBM Sterling B2B Integrator

As a result of leveraging the Lightwell B2B Framework, companies can:

  • Reduce B2B Integrator implementation time and cost by up to 70%
  • Reduce trading partner onboarding time from days or weeks to minutes, reducing costs while improving time to market
  • Simplify and centralize B2B administration tasks
  • Increase efficiency by quickly accessing, tracking, and reporting any and all transactions processed by the system
  • Gain end-to-end visibility and control throughout a document’s lifecycle, helping to quickly identify and resolve issues
  • Respond quickly to internal, customer and partner status requests, improving satisfaction
  • Empower business users and external partners with self-service tools to resolve issues, 24×7, improving efficiency and satisfaction
  • Empower business and technical staff across the organization to improve operations with highly-configurable, individualized dashboards and reports
  • And much more

The Lightwell B2B Framework Difference

The Lightwell B2B Framework is different than other quick start or framework-type solutions in the marketplace.

  • The Lightwell B2B Framework is a proven, mature technology developed over more than a decade
  • It plays a critical role in some of the largest companies across the globe, including many of the Fortune 100
  • It is leveraged by companies across numerous industries, including Retail, CPG, Pharmaceuticals, Financial, Logistics, Healthcare, and more
  • No third-party licensing requirements or costs
  • It has reliably processed hundreds of millions of B2B and MFT transactions
  • In addition, it is backed by customer support and R&D teams to ensure the best experience for our customers

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Get Started with Lightwell’s B2B Framework

Whether you’re just beginning your IBM Sterling B2B Integrator implementation or are looking to extend the value of current business system by improving operational efficiencies, B2B Framework will help you achieve greater benefits and higher ROI.

Contact us today to discuss your needs.

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