Moving to digital is no more a choice but an obligation for organizations. In addition, they are looking for agility and innovation in every step they take to ensure the seamless customer experience. Integration has gained the utmost importance in any IT strategy and modernization roadmap, like never before.
Integration comes with a variety of dimensions - API, B2B, A2A, and hybrid integration to name a few. API is not new in the market. Its origin dates back to the late 1990s but with limited usage and significance. Over the years, API has evolved as a generic interface to connect remote applications. However, API-led integration is now gaining traction with the proliferation of API polyglot technologies. Similarly, the journey of B2B integration started back in the early 1970s but its significance never wavered. If anything, it kept evolving by taking new shapes and forms.
The API integration is enabling seamless business operations between an enterprise and its end partner/s with capabilities promising enough to complement the modern B2B integration landscape. Key Pillars of modern B2B integration include trading partner management, monitoring, and dashboard, deployment and security, multi-network integration and connectivity for trading partners. Though the capabilities of API and B2B integration are seemingly serving the same purpose, there is a stark difference between the two: