Sun B2B Suite ebXML Protocol Manager User's Guide

About eXchange Integrator

eXchange Integrator provides an open Business Protocol framework to support standard EDI and B2B protocols, as well as packaging protocols. The eXchange product supports existing standard protocols, using an extensive set of prebuilt eInsight Business Processes (BPs). It also provides the tools and framework to create and adopt new protocols and to build custom BPs.

B2B modeling semantics are exposed so that eInsight Business Rules can be added and tailored to address the particular needs of providing eBusiness solutions. The tight integration with the rest of Java CAPS provides validation, logging, and reporting capabilities. Because each logical step within any Business Rule is accessible anywhere along the entire eInsight BP, the design tools provide complete end-to-end visibility.

Note –

For a complete explanation of eXchange and eInsight, as well as their operation, see the eXchange Integrator User’s Guide and eInsight Business Process Manager User’s Guide .

Understanding BPs

An eInsight BP is a collection of actions or operations that take place in your company, revolving around a specific business practice. These processes can involve a variety of participants and may include internal and external computer systems or employees.

In eXchange, you create a graphical representation of a business process called a BP model. When you are using the sample for a PM’s implementation scenario, the system uses the BPs necessary for scenario’s operation. The BPs specific to the sample scenario provided with the product have already been created for this scenario.

Trading Partner Overview

The architecture of eXchange centers around the concept of sending and receiving messages relative to one or more TPs. Each TP that you import or create and then configure corresponds to one of your business trading partners.

These TPs contain configurable transaction profiles for each individual TP relationship. You can configure TPs with Transaction Profiles and Schedules, within ePM, for use by run-time components.

Each Transaction Profile specifies which one or more BPs to use for the current transaction, where and how to receive inbound messages, how to configure and secure messages in their channels, and how and where to deliver outbound messages.

Process Overview

Using eXchange to create a business solution consists of the following phases:

eXchange Partner Manager

ePM is a feature of eXchange you can use as a tool that allows you to configure eXchange for use with any of your PMs. You must set specific parameter values within ePM to ensure the correct operation of your Projects, for each protocol. This guide explains how to use and configure ePM, to set parameters relevant to this guide’s PM.

For more information on how to use ePM, see the eXchange Integrator User’s Guide.