Just got my hands on -
An excellent tome for developers and architects -
Chapter 1 - B2B Overview
This chapter gives us a short history of B2B electronic document exchange, thus setting the context for the rest of the book. It discusses the different connection models - hub and spoke, peer 2 peer etc, the relevant B2B standards - EDI X12, ebXML etc. In summary a good grounding in B2B basics.
Chapter 2 - Oracle B2B Overview
Oracle B2B sits on top of SOA Suite and leverages it's SCA architecture. For those new to SOA Suite please see http://www.oracle.com/us/products/middleware/soa/suite/overview/index.html
This chapter begins by guiding you thru the setup and configuration of a B2B vm, downloadable from OTN. Very useful stuff.
It then turns its attention to what B2B is - essentially an e-commerce gateway and the complexities it takes care of for us -
-Process control protocols
So what is B2B providing us with?
-Process incoming b2b docs received from remote trading partners
-Transport b2b docs to remote trading partners
- Support industry standard messaging protocols - As2, ebXML etc.
- Translation to and from XML
- Auditing and Reporting
Chapter 2 continues with a section on how B2B fits in with the base SOA platform - SCA, MDS etc.
In summary, a great overview of Oracle B2B - what it offers us and how it fits in with SOA Suite.