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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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