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Subject: Re: What do people really expect from ebXML?

David, et al.

Thanks for your note.  You may be selling your smaller business clients 
short.  I got an e-mail recently from a group called PeopLink; go to its 
Web site at http://www.peoplink.org/ and click on its More About page to 
see how the group operates.  It gives digital cameras to Third-World 
artisans and asks them to send the images of their wares to PeopLink, which 
posts the images on the group's Web site to help resell the items.  They 
also auction the items on E-Bay.

The CTO of the organization is interested in ebXML for setting up a more 
sophisticated cataloging service for the artisans.  EbXML messages would 
support many of the logistics and back-office functions, which would help 
the group handle a much larger number of  artisan clients and catalog 
customers.  Right now, its client software for the artisans is configured 
for desktop systems.  You are correct, however, that we have to think 
beyond the desktop system to hand-held devices.  Best regards.

Alan Kotok
Director, Education and Information Resources
Data Interchange Standards Association
+1 703-518-4174

At 02:33 AM 4/24/01 +1000, David Lyon wrote:
>Thanks for your kind comments.
> > Here's an example: go to Citibank's www.Bizzed.Com site.  Click on
> > Networking.  Can't you imagine an ebXML registry on that menu?  Then,
> > on Tools.  Wouldn't a Web service called, Manage Your Inventory, fit under
> > that category?   Unless I have missed something significant along the way,
> > that is what we have been telling people ebXML would accomplish.
>I can see where you are going, and the ASP model is just one way to go.
>ebXML needs to be this and much more. It needs to go places where fixed PCs
>and Internet connections are not.
>It needs to go onto mobile phones, navigation systems in cars and a whole
>lot of other places where people in SMEs actually do business.
>If ebXML is solely for the web, then it may never be adopted by people in
>Small Business for the simple reason that PCs are often a place where these
>people rarely (if ever) go.
>Saying this, the main point you made about managing inventory idea is
>essentially good, and so is the directory. I'm simply suggesting that ebXML
>needs to be the mechanism for how all these devices talk to each other.
>This functionality needs to be part of what we regard as core components.
>Take care
>David Lyon
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