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Business to Business Messaging

Updated: November 21, 2013

In today’s world, to be successful as a business, enterprises must effectively manage data received from other organizations such as vendors and business partners. Data received from partner organizations is often categorized as business-to-business (B2B) data transfer. One of the standard and most commonly used protocols for B2B and EDI is X12. There are various solutions available that help you manage and process EDI data transfer.

Windows Azure BizTalk Services provides a BizTalk Services Portal that enables you to manage your trading partners and B2B messaging. The Windows Azure BizTalk Services Portal enables service providers to add trading partners and configure agreements that can be deployed to Windows Azure. The trading partners can then be send X12 messages using HTTP, AS2, FTP/S, and SFTP as transports. Once the message is received, it will be processed by the B2B pipeline deployed on Windows Azure and is routed to the destination configured as part of the agreement.

Before you can use the BizTalk Services Portal for B2B messaging with your trading partners, you must register your BizTalk Services subscription with the BizTalk Services Portal. For instructions, see Registering and Updating a BizTalk Service Deployment on the BizTalk Services Portal.

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