How to Get Better Transparency into B2B Integrations

By: Nikki Dent

From time to time, business-to-business integrations can break. Too often companies don’t discover that their integrations have failed until a client or trading partner calls and complains. But this doesn’t have to be the case. Modern integration platforms can give you better tools for the transparency and insight you need. Modernizing your integration and EDI platform doesn’t have to mean a large, custom project. There are specific tools on the market today that offer insights and reporting out of the box, without having to spend the time and effort creating a custom solution. In fact, newer integration technology has built-in tools that can keep you informed on the status of your system with just a checkbox. One of our favorite platforms for integrations is Microsoft Azure. We like the Azure platform for B2B integrations because it’s a well-rounded cloud platform that makes your integrations easy to tie into other business components and is secure and easy to scale. Azure is a platform that can handle your integrations, reporting, custom software, website and much more. When everything is in the same cloud platform together, it makes it very easy to link all these aspects of your business. Additionally, as a cloud platform, you won’t have to buy server equipment or maintain your own system—it’s all handled for you in a monthly fee. This also gives you excellent reliability, so you can rest assured that if anything goes down, it will be back up quickly.
Example of a Microsoft Azure dashboard

What Does Microsoft Azure Offer?

The integration account component of the Azure platform offers basic visual reporting and a preset level of auditing. If you need a highly customized view of integrations or you want to blend the integration data with other internal applications or systems, you might want to consider adding a second tool, like Microsoft’s Power BI into the mix as well. This two-tiered approach of using Azure in conjunction with Power BI lets you extract more data out of your integrations. Azure offers basic reporting with a few visuals out of the box, but Power BI brings a more visual display. You can also use integration data to make business decisions. For example, this pairing of tools would let you see how many of your total orders are received via EDI or how much money is tied up in shipments at any given time. With actionable data like this at your fingertips, you’ll be empowered to make better decisions for your business. Upgrading your B2B integration platform can offer you the transparency you desire, as well as added flexibility and even reporting. If you’re ready to take the next step with your integrations, the Aptera team can help.
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About Nikki Dent

Nikki is a technical copywriter for Aptera. With a bachelor’s degree in writing from Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Ind., she has been honing her craft of marketing copywriting for the past five years. In her role at Aptera, Nikki enjoys learning and writing about the technology and strategy at work across the company.