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Trading Networks Overview
Prepared by Narendra Thota
What is a Trading Netw ork?
A trading network is a system of organizations that are connected to share business information.
The organizations in a trading network are strategic partners, buyers, suppliers, and marketplaces.
What is webMethods Trading Networks? webMethods Trading Networks (also referred to as

Trading Networks) is a product that enables your enterprise to link with other companies (buyers, suppliers, strategic partners) and marketplaces to form a business-to-business trading network. The organizations in your network are referred to as trading partners (partners).You can exchange business documents with the partners in your network to relay mission critical production information. The business documents can be in any format recognized by two partners that exchange data.

Use Trading Networks to analyze the information that is passing through your network.
Architecture and Components:
Trading Networks Overview
Prepared by Narendra Thota
Trading Netw orks Engine is the runtime component of Trading Networks. It consists of:
Integration Server with the WmTN and WmTNWeb packages installed and enabled. The server
handles the management of partners on your network and the exchange of documents. You interact
with the server via the Trading Networks Console
Trading Netw orks Console, which is a standalone Java GUI, is the main user interface for Trading

Networks. Use the Trading Networks Console to perform functions such as managing the profiles of your trading partners, designing how documents are exchanged through your network, and performing real-time monitoring and analysis.

Trading Networks Web Manager is another user (web) interface for Trading Networks that you
access via a browser. It offers a limited set of the functionality that is provided through the Trading
Networks Console.
Trading Networks in a Clustered Environment You can run Trading Networks on Integration

Servers in a cluster. If you run Trading Networks in this type of environment, all of the servers in the cluster have to share the same Trading Networks database, which must be an external database.

Partners in a Trading Netw ork
To create a trading network, you add partners to your network. The following shows a network in which
all the participants use Trading Networks.

Trading Networks doesn o t require that all participants in the network use webMethods Trading Networks or webMethods for Partners software. If you have a buyer, supplier, or strategic partner that uses other software, you can add them to your network.

Trading Networks Overview
Prepared by Narendra Thota

In the above network, one of the non-Trading Networks partners is a webMethods Integration Server that is not using Trading Networks. You can also include partners that do not use webMethods software, such as an application server.

In both of the above network illustrations, the partner in the middle is referred to as theh u b or the
sponsor of the network. The other partners are referred to as spokeso r members. The hub hosts the
network and the spokes participate by interacting with the hub.
Trading Partner Management

One of the main functions you perform with the Trading Networks Console is trading partner management. Trading partner management involves adding partners with which you want to exchange business documents, specifying the protocols and document formats you use to conduct business with those partners, and managing the information you collect about the partners.

To add a partner, you add ap r o f i l e for the partner. Trading Networks is aware of only partners for which
it has a profile.
The profile contains information about a partner, such as the corporation name, contact information, and
how to connect to the partner to send it business documents. A profile is made up of fields.
Process Management
Process Management is managing documents that are part of a business process. Documents that

Trading Networks receives can take part in process management. After Trading Networks processes a document using business document exchange (processing based on processing rules), Trading Networks can then pass the document on to the process management facility, if appropriate.

Visibility into Your Netw ork
Trading Networks gives you visibility into your network to learn about the partners in your network and

the documents that your Trading Networks system has received. You can view:
Profiles of the partners in your system
Attributes that have been extracted from documents
Content of documents that have passed through your system

Status of documents that Trading Networks is in the process of delivering
Audit information of the activity that has occurred in your Trading Networks system

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