Large enterprises have been integrating with their business partners for years. Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) has worked for many companies, but the cost of being charged for each transaction can be substantial. By automating your orders and invoices using the Internet, you can eliminate the transaction charge and reduce your dependence on Value Added Networks (VANs).
In this part, we show you how BizTalk Server takes advantage of the Internet for B2B integration. The supply chain management integration chapter provides a description of automating processes across business partners. Some large enterprises require suppliers to interact with their e-marketplaces and e-procurement systems. The chapter "Selling Through Trading Partners" provides a good example of the products and tools available today to help you automate the interfaces with your suppliers. These chapters give you a broad overview of BizTalk Server, SQL Server, and BizTalk Accelerator for Suppliers (AFS), along with some code samples using Visual Studio .NET.