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Building Blocks of a Trading Partner Management Solution

[Unless specifically noted, the content in this topic applies to BizTalk Server 2013 and 2013 R2.]

One of the core value propositions of BizTalk Server is to empower customers to enable business-to-business (B2B) communication with their business partners. To fulfill such business needs, enterprises need to model, store, and manage information about:

  • Partners and their businesses

  • Rules of engagement with the partners – These include details such as which message encoding protocol to use (EDI standards), which transport protocol to use (AS2), etc.

While BizTalk Server continues to provide support for EDI and AS2, it rebuilds the fundamental concepts around how to manage and store information about partners and their business. EDI standards, AS2 messaging, and the new concepts put together form the building blocks of a B2B communication or a Trading Partner Management (TPM) solution. This section provides detailed explanation about the new concepts. For information about how BizTalk Server supports EDI, see BizTalk Server EDI Functionality. For information about how BizTalk Server supports AS2, see BizTalk Server AS2 Functionality.

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