need world peace, a good solution to world hunger and a cure to Diabetes, but
failing that and much more .....
EDI or not ...
(Business) People need (better) Business Processes
.... and part of processes are Business Transactions; and part of
transactions are Business Documents - which is where Core Components start
coming into play and probably something more closer to what I gather you might
recognize from some of the traditional EDI files people exchange
Perhaps you can best check your source who has been informing you
about ebXML, and I do beg to differ as to what ebXML is being 'marketed' as !
only advise you to review the ebXML documents that are out for public review for
some time now, perhaps starting with the ebXML Technical
right now is about setting the stage so the world can do business
Although we'll all get to reap some specific immediate benefits,
ebXML is not specifically about another way for data transport or yet
another way to made an 'edi file'.
where we go from here ...... NOW the real hard work begins for us all in
business and industry associations !
that's my 2 cents and I'm quoting myself.
People need transactions !
How can ebXML ever work if it doesn't have
I was led to believe that ebXML was all about
defining some standard XML transactions for eb.
What the world expects is some simple XML
- Product Catalogs
- Purchase Orders
- Payment Advices
- Statement of Accounts
The work isn't hard. There are hundreds of
different definitions around and thousands of people who will willingly do the
All that is needed is just to choose one simple
set, document it, and go through a revision process just as with EDI. That's
what I've been told ebXML would be doing.
Presently, the problem isn't lack of XML
definitions, it's having a well balanced set.
Operating under the auspices of the United
Nations, and the way that ebXML is marketed, a lot of people with EDI
experience have been given the impression that ebXML will define some XML
transactions not dissimilar to EDI. That is *a very real
People really are expecting an XML transaction
set from ebXML. Especially those with an EDI background.
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Tuesday, April 24, 2001 10:36
Subject: RE: What do people really
expect from ebXML? - Core components..
ebXML has never
intended to create transactions as a deliverable. In fact, ebXML does
not even have a requirement to develop the specifications to develop
them. Is this a failure of ebXML - in my opinion yes. Do
we need these documents quickly - yes. Is it best if a single
consistent approach to schema design, naming conventions, use of ancillary
W3C specifications is developed by an international, neutral standards body
- yes. Will we get them quickly - doubtful if after 18 months we still
don't have an agreement on what it is we are developing a process
> -----Original Message-----
From: David Lyon [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
> Sent: Monday, April 23, 2001 11:01 PM
> To: email@example.com
Subject: Re: What do people really expect from ebXML? - Core
> We really need some XML
specifications for the core
> components of
> we have products that we really want
to ship later in the year.
> It appears as though there are some difficulties in defining the
> components, although I note there have
been some good efforts in the
> directory area
and so forth.
ebXML needs to produce documentation quickly, then I would suggest
> concentrating on the most important things as far as
eb is concerned.
In my opinion, there are four documents that need to be
> designed, or adapted
> from existing
(1) The Purchase Order
(2) The Invoice / Receipt / ASN
(3) The Payment Advice
(4) The Statement of Account
> With documentation that describes these four documents, a lot
> of pressure on
ebXML could be dissapated.
> I've seen that we have quite a few people here who are
> sufficiently skilled
> to make a start on these components. Also, Edifact/X12 could
> quite easily be
stripped to produce a relatively simple subset. It doesn't need to do
> everything, only the basic stuff.
> Forgive my optimism, but we have
Customers who really want to
> bash some
> these messages around. It's costing me money
every day that
> ebXML is not
> going, so if called upon, I'd certainly be willing to
> Take care
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