IBM announced at the end of September 2019 that from the 30th September 2021 it will no longer offer support for the following versions of its software, available in accordance with IBM’s International Program License Agreement.
It must be kept in mind that the B2Bi 5.2.6.x and IFG 2.2.6.x versions (including 188.8.131.52/184.108.40.206/220.127.116.11/18.104.22.168/22.214.171.124) will also be affected by the support discontinuance, as they correspond to versions in which FixPack from FixCentral was installed.
Customers who have the discontinued versions will continue to receive support until the date of completion of the published assistance.
Customers are encouraged to migrate to the latest versions of B2B Integrator and File Gateway in order to benefit from new features, defect correction, improvements and have the latest security updates.
B2B Next, Premier Business Partner of IBM, is the perfect partner to accompany you through the entire migration process because of both their specialisation and their ability to guarantee the lowest cost and the lowest impact on your services.
Why do I have to update my software?
The end of support has 2 main disadvantages:
If you need to access IBM support through a PMR, the support team would first indicate that you need to update to a supported version of the software.
I Your current version will not include the new security patches, corrections, nor the new functionality developed to continue maintaining a competitive advantage that a leading solution provides.
What risks do I face if I don’t update my software?
The worst-case scenario would be one which involves an incident in a highly critical production environment and would require an intervention from the IBM Support team.
What improvements do I get?
B2B Integrator V6 includes new functionalities:
Docker support. You can now use a Docker container to install and display Sterling B2B Integrator. You can also use a Docker container to update the Sterling B2B Integrator.
New business processes service for the integration of AWS S3. A new service of business processes is included that allows you to integrate with Amazon Web Service Simple Storage Service (AWS S3). Sterling B2B Integrator’s AWS S3 Customer Service creates uninterrupted connectivity to cloudbased storage hosted by Amazon. This is a scalable, reliable, and portable storage solution. Through this service you can obtain, place, and delete files easily as well as carry out many more operations.
External authentication of AD/LDAP via SSL/TLS.
Integration of Watson Assistant Support. Watson Assistant, a helpful cognitive assistant, is now included into the user interface of the Sterling B2B Integrator management console. Watson Assistant reduces unnecessary browsing and helps to improve the information experience by answering questions related to the use of the product from the user’s own interface.
Virtually perfect interaction with existing systems via the new and updated APIs from RESTful in order to take advantage of emerging technologies.
UI and REST API customisations. You can now add, edit, or delete customisations such as customised properties, JAR files, services and user outputs using the B2B’s REST API or the Sterling B2B Integrator’s user interface. Customisations are now stored in a data base, which guarantees their maintenance in all versions of the software.
Dynamic node scaling. You can now add a new node to the cluster dynamically. After installing the node, it automatically joins the existing cluster. The existing nodes know the information about the newly added node, and they become part of the new node without resetting the existing nodes.
Adaptor containers are disconnected from the ASI node. Adaptor containers can now be started and included in a Sterling B2B Integrator’s cluster environment, independent of the ASI nodes.
New dashboard user interface. The dashboard user interface in Sterling B2B has been modified and now displays a new menu option for customisation section.
What does migration involve?
In terms of licenses, migration does not incur any cost, although it will need time and specialised personnel.
We rely on years of experience with these types of migrations. Our experience has allowed us to design an action plan to carry out the migration as quickly as possible, guarantee the lowest cost and lowest impact on your services , so that none of your clients will be affected during the migration process.
What does the migration consist of and how long will it take?
After an initial week of discovery where we analyse the infrastructure to be migrated, connectivity, applications, and critical services, we have an accurate estimation of the migration plan (phases 1 to 4 below). These activities will take between 3 and 4 weeks to complete. Subsequently, the migration itself will vary depending on the number of processes to be migrated and the customizations made on the platform.
Our migration plan consists of the following high-level phases:
1. Receipt and analysis of infrastructure and types of connectivity.
2. Compatibility study.
3. Census of components to be migrated.
4. Migration plan creation.