B2B Message Standards

Data quality is essential in the electronic exchange of business messages between the computer systems of trading enterprises. Data is transferred directly from the information systems of one enterprise to the systems of its trading partners.

Messages for business functions have been developed according to strict standards to ensure data quality and eliminate ambiguity in communication between trading partners. Recognised international standards in this field include UN/EDIFACT, OAGIS, RosettaNet, and GS1 eCOM.

For many years I was involved in EDIFICE, the B2B EDI user group in the electronics industry. As well as being elected to the functions of Secretary and Treasurer, I was involved in various work groups. I played a part in the design of the business process for self-billing and in the design of a framework for specifying inter-enterprise business processes and their implementation using EDI messages.

What I Can Do Implementing B2B Messages


  • Message Mapping - determining the relationships between the data elements in a standard B2B message structure and those in an application interface.
  • Message Implementation Design - specifying the business process, data requirements and usage of a standard B2B message for implementation with a trading partner.
  • Experienced using GEFEG.FX

B2B Process Architecture

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This diagram outlines the information exchanges between trading enterprises and the business processes on the interface between them. International standards define the data structures and data elements used to implement all these types of information flows.

The diagram shows processes and information flows typical of manufacturing companies. Many other types of standardised messages are available for implementation in processes between other types of enterprise.