The Business Integration Engine (BIE) is the industry’s first open source offering. BIE is designed to help organizations exchange data created in different applications on various platforms with partners, suppliers, and customers in order to streamline processes and improve efficiency. BIE is a cost-effective, lightweight integration solution that provides many advantages over existing integration approaches. Created especially for manufacturers with diverse back-end systems and a large, fragmented distribution network, BIE provides integration capabilities in environments where other solutions would be cost-prohibitive or inefficient due to antiquated trading partner systems, lack of industry standards, and/or extensive requirements. Because BIE is platform-independent, many legacy systems can be leveraged “as is.” BIE is flexible, extendible and scalable, making it possible to integrate a wide variety of applications – even other integration utilities – quickly and cost-effectively.