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Legacy EDI solutions offer limited flexibility and are not adequate for meeting increasingly critical business requirements, such as rapid trading partner onboarding, end-to-end visibility and monitoring, and API-led extension of B2B integration capabilities. With IT under pressure to deliver new capabilities under strict budget and time constraints to support digital business initiatives, the proposition of maintaining legacy EDI infrastructure is difficult to sustain.


  • According to Ovum estimates, resource-related costs can account for up to 60% of the TCO for a legacy EDI solution.
  • Survey results indicate that enterprises on average take about 23 days to onboard a new trading partner.

Features and Benefits

  • Gain insight into the limitations and drawbacks of legacy EDI solutions.
  • Understand the business and IT imperatives for B2B integration modernization.

Key questions answered

  • What are the main concerns with features and capabilities of existing B2B integration solution(s)?
  • Why aren't legacy EDI solutions adequate for the current requirements of enterprises?

Table of contents

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  • Summary
  • Legacy EDI solutions offer limited flexibility and value at a high cost of ownership
  • Non-compliance of data security and privacy regulations and limited end-to-end visibility are key concerns with existing B2B integration solutions
  • Sluggish trading partner onboarding remains a pain point and barrier to business growth


  • Methodology
  • Author

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