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Subject: Re: [ebxml-dev] RE: [EDI-L] Announce - Latest Article on ebXML

Ah, finally someone seriously challenging my analysis!   :^)

Dale Moberg wrote <snipped>:

> Also, looking at the article at the end
> of the referenced URL, which is a tad
> negative by the way, there is a comparison of
> CPPs and CPAs with X12 838s. I think
> that is also a serious misunderstanding
> of why CPPs and CPAs might be valuable
> in terms of ROI. The CPP and CPA stuff
> can reduce the configuration
> time involved in adding another
> business collaboration participant,
> and do it interoperably.
> It would thereby reduce the labor costs associated
> with adding new collaborations. That may
> not be important to a business that
> only collaborates with 1 other business.
> But it might be important to businesses
> with, for example, 50 or more collaborators
> by reducing average
> start up time from weeks to hours.

Hmm...,  I don't see the misunderstanding.  I think that's exactly what I
thought I said.  Certainly the negotiated CPA has a lot more useable
information than the X12 838.  And yes, if you have 50 trading partners you
have a much better chance of getting a positive ROI than you do with one.
My point is that, even as limited as the 838 is when compared with the
CPA/CPP, it could still be very helpful if you have 50 trading partners in
an EDI environment.  That no major EDI software vendor has implemented it
should tell us that the market has expressed little demand for this type of

Michael C. Rawlins, Rawlins EC Consulting

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