Contrary to what many are saying about blockchain, the biggest challenge to faster blockchain adoption is not the lack of education. Education is definitely important and must be continued for those in both the technical and business community, but, the biggest barrier to adoption is deriving measurable business value from applying it.
Often there is a need to limit the number of line-of-business (LOB) ports that can be created as it necessitates giving usernames and passwords to multiple people or when password changes there are multiple places to change which can be cumbersome and also error-prone. By having one point of entry to a LOB system (SAP), more control and management can be exerted over the entry points.
Contrary to the expectation that existed in the early 2000's, X12 and EDIFACT EDI standards still exist and, in fact, are becoming even more important as some of the sectors such as retail and healthcare consolidate - wanting to become more efficient in their integrations with other business. Look to implement a platform that can carry your business into the future.
EDI (electronic data integration) / EAI (enterprise application integration) and middleware stack provide the capability to allow external suppliers/customers (trading partners) and internal applications to exchange business information electronically. Each of the systems within this stack has various license and implementation costs.