Stories by Eric Pulier and Hugh Taylor

SOA for B-to-B commerce

We live in an era of "virtual" corporations, rapid product lifecycles, and ever-changing alliances between businesses. These trends put increasing pressure on companies to find flexible, innovative ways to connect with their partners, customers, and suppliers--known in IT circles as business-to-business (B-to-B) commerce. However, while the Internet has proven a boon to some aspects of B-to-B commerce, many critical B-to-B operations remained mired in the rigid and costly territory of traditional enterprise architectures. In general, IT connections between businesses are difficult to maintain and complex to change.