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Basics You Need for Implementation

Special Notes:    

      Application Interface Software
      B2B Gateway
      VAN and/or ISP for Network Connection
      Hardware Requirements
      Other Software
      Human Resources
      Implementation Plan
      Business Arrangements
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Most of the items listed here are necessary regardless of standard chosen and the communications technology.  There are some differences for some specific technologies, and, of course, specific technologies get more specific about requirements that are presented in general terms on this page.  See Index of Technology-Specific Implementation Views and Recommendations.

  1. Application Interface software
  1. B2B Gateway - Enterprise Application Integration (EAI) applications are really an extension of legacy gateway applications, with provisions for tighter coupling with back-end applications than the legacy gateway solutions.
    1. Integrated solution
      1. Communications and routing software, including a communication scripts
      2. Transmission logging software for maintaining audit trails
      3. Enveloping software
      4. Mapping software, including dictionaries for all supported business content standards
      5. Security software, including firewalls and encryption/decryption utilities
        1. Can run to 100,000 Euro.
      6. Storage/back-up software
      7. Anti-virus shield and scanning software
    2. Web application
    3. Hosted gateway
  1. Value-Added Network (VAN) provider or Internet Service Provider (ISP).   A large company may have it's own internet service; there are several scenarios for using company and/or third-party ISPs.
  1. Hardware - Requirements vary depending on implementation options and communications methods and have different requirements.  Different gateway (or Enterprise Application Integration) applications also have different hardware requirements.
    1. Gateway server(s)
      1. Gateway software is available for many platforms, including Unix servers, NT Servers, and AS/400 minicomputers.
      2. If you have not already purchased a server, you may want to investigate your gateway software requirements to see what the hardware requirements are.  You may also want to determine which platforms fit your budget requirements and are most widely supported before making a choice.
    2. Web server(s)
    3. Application server(s) for web applications and services
    4. Data base server(s)
    5. Other server(s) for specific needs
    6. Clients
    7. Communications Hardware
      1. Modem(s) and telephone lines for VAN and 3rd-party ISPs.
      2. Leased-lines were widely used by companies with a high volume of traffic.
        1. Two T1 lines carrying 1.5 million bits per second can run 4000 Euro/month
      3. Local Area Network(s)
      4. Network cards
      5. Routers
        1. Routers range for a home office start at 200 Euro and go up to 50,000 Euro each.
    8. Storage devices and systems.  Storage devices are needed in order to support requirements for non-repudiation, and requirements for internal and external audits.  Messages sent and received need to be stored in their original form for a configurable period of time.  The length of time may be dictated by trading partner agreements, or by local government regulations, or other factors.
      1. A gigabyte of storage capacity can be up to 150,000 Euro. Devices with a terabyte of storage are evolving, and early entries in the market are up to 200,000 Euro.
    9. Redundant hardware for mirror sites and Disaster Recovery.
  1. Other Software
    1. Needed for running web sites
      1. Web Server software
    2. Used with high-volume web sites
      1. Load balancing software  to direct requests from maxed-out servers to those with available capacity.
      2. Caching system for storing or caching frequently requested objects or data so that the information doesn't have to be extracted from the data base every single time it's requested.
        1. Can run to 15,000 Euro/month.
  1. Human resources
    1. For the gateway implementation and initial trading partnership.  One or more of the following resources may be needed:
      1. Business process analyst(s)
      2. Legal consultant - audit issues, legal requirements of specific jurisdictions
      3. Security resource(s) for authentication issues, management of digital certificates, cross-border electronic commerce issues, etc. 
      4. IT resources for coding application interfaces, etc.
    2. For ongoing trading partner and document-type implementations
    3. For daily support
      1. Determine what operations coverage is required.  Is 24x7 support needed?  Can processes run unattended?
  1. Implementation Plans, including
    • Plans for implementing, testing and moving production
    • Plan for implementing requirements that are specific to a technology or standard
    • Plan to implement storage procedures for date/time stamping messages and storing them in original form so that non-repudiation requirements are met
  1. Business and Technical Arrangements
    • Who's Who information - who to contact about what and how to contact them (e-mail addresses, land phone numbers, mobile phone numbers, etc.)
    • Completed Trading Partner Agreement
    • Obtain Sender/Receiver ID
    • Obtain any necessary logins/passwords
    • Exchange encryption keys, if applicable
      • Public and private keys are needed for each HTTPS server
      • Public and private keys are needed for each user


Last updated 02 March 2003