Subject: Ebxml story
Entire text: http://www.internetwk.com/story/INW20000717S0001 Some excerpts below, -Todd Monday, July 17, 2000, 11:22 AM ET. Spec Lets Apps Span Industries By TIM WILSON E-businesses next month will get their first glimpse of prototype data-sharing and transactional applications that can operate not only across companies, but also across industries. The applications are based on ebXML, a proposed framework that bridges ordering, billing and other information that is formatted differently in various industries. Test applications will be on display at a meeting of the Electronic Business XML consortium on Aug. 7 in San Jose, Calif. [...] Several companies, including IBM and Microsoft, are defining their own XML frameworks for linking disparate e-business applications. Microsoft's BizTalk already is being implemented by several companies, including Dell and CapitalStream, for cross-industry ordering, billing and other apps. "We don't see BizTalk and ebXML as being in conflict," said Dave Turner, Microsoft's XML evangelist. "We are defining a means for exchanging data [via XML], but not the format of the data itself. We are not trying to define things like business processes, which ebXML is trying to tackle." BizTalk and ebXML are different approaches to XML messaging, but Microsoft plans to address those differences when the ebXML standards are completed sometime in the middle of next year, Turner said. "We have customers that want to build interoperable XML applications today, and that needs to be built on something that exists today," he said. Meantime, the ebXML group hopes to complete its specs and implementations by the second half of 2001. The group published draft specs for its technical architecture, core components and business process model earlier this month. But some observers are skeptical of the group's ability to deliver the specs on time, considering the glacial pace of international IT standards efforts. "I think 2002 is more likely than next year," said Tower Group analyst Shahrawat. "They have a huge mandate that involves reconciling the differences [in XML implementation] between industries, and they must develop a template for working across industries. That will take a lot of time."
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