7. Prioritize trading partner connections according to impact on project goals. This may seem obvious, but it is all too common to see companies lose sight of compliance goals in the complexity of trading partner connectivity. Determine some early "quick hits" to validate the process, and provide organizational success and recognition. Consider using outside business process networking resources to establish and achieve connectivity and process management.
8. Determine the trading partner connectivity maintenance strategy: in-sourced, outsourced or hybrid. How can your corporation best achieve compliance and then maintain ongoing review and connectivity?
9. Where possible, work on the supply side first, government authorities second and customers last. A company's supply base is more likely to cooperate more quickly. Customers will likely take longer and require more care.
10. If necessary, engage an expert in the field for advice on company requirements and liabilities.
In addition to the general trend in outsourcing and globalization, government mandates are an additional force driving increased B2B projects and taxing internal IT departments. Resources are increasingly difficult to find, the mandates are requiring a wide variety of expertise and are increasing in number and complexity. Much of the required information is now outside of the enterprise. Using business process network companies and following the tips provided can help the practitioner in meeting the wide variety of initiatives that have been established and can provide a framework for success in the future.
About the Author: Ryan Kraudel is Global Product Marketing manager at GXS, a provider of B2B integration, synchronization and collaboration solutions based in Gaithersburg, Md.