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Subject: [ebxml-dev] UN/CEFACT and OASIS Finalize Appointments to JointCoordination Committee for ebXML

UN/CEFACT and OASIS Finalize Appointments to Joint Coordination
Committee for ebXML

Oracle and Sterling Commerce Join ebXML Management

Geneva, Switzerland and Boston, MA, USA; 24 July 2002 -- ebXML sponsors,
UN/CEFACT and OASIS, announced that Arijit Sengupta of Oracle and Bill
Burcham of Sterling Commerce have joined the ebXML Joint Coordination
Committee (JCC), the management body responsible for overall supervision
of ebXML development, adoption and implementation. While ebXML
specifications are advanced by specific OASIS technical committees and
UN/CEFACT project teams, both standards organizations remain committed
to jointly managing ebXML strategic vision, technical architecture, and

Members of the ebXML JCC offer a balanced perspective, representing
major Web services vendors, standards bodies, and government agencies.
The committee is made up of five representatives from each of the
sponsoring organizations. OASIS representatives include Arijit Sengupta
of Oracle, Bill Burcham of Sterling Commerce, Simon Nicholson of Sun
Microsystems, and Karl Best and Patrick Gannon of OASIS. Serving on
behalf of UN/CEFACT are Klaus-Dieter Naujok of UN/CEFACT ebTWG and TWMG
working groups, James Bryce Clark of McLure-Moynihan, Duane Nickull of
XML Global, Ray Walker of the United Kingdom's Department of Trade and
Industry, and Brian Hayes of Collaborative Domain.

"The ebXML framework--available today and supported by a growing list of
software vendors--provides companies with a standard way to develop and
deploy secure, reliable business-centric Web services," said Simon
Nicholson of Sun Microsystems, who currently serves as chair of the
ebXML JCC. "We're pleased to welcome Oracle and Sterling Commerce to the
JCC and look forward to their input and continued support of ebXML
development and adoption."

The ebXML JCC hosts joint meetings, where OASIS technical committees and
UN/CEFACT project teams interface on related issues. The JCC also
sponsors educational events, such as the recent 'Implementing ebXML' day
at XML Europe 2002 in Barcelona.

In Support of the ebXML JCC

Brian Gibb, Director of Standards & Applied Technology said, "Sterling
Commerce has advocated ebXML from its inception. We believe that ebXML
is the most viable, comprehensive B2B framework available today. It has
progressed past market awareness and vendor product implementation into
industry adoption and deployment. It is now imperative that we
coordinate the ongoing work of the ebXML project teams to maintain
synergy across the overall initiative as customers begin to implement
ebXML solutions. The ebXML JCC fulfills this critical mission, so
naturally Sterling Comerce is pleased at Bill's appointment to the
committee. As an ebXML vendor, we view this as an important progression
of our ongoing contribution. ebXML is vital to our customers because it
is the only e-business standard that provides a smooth transition path
from the strength of EDI to business-centric Web services and beyond."

"The business community's growing support for ebXML is reflected in the
commitment of notable organizations to ebXML and the ebXML JCC," said
Brian Hayes of Collaborative Domain. "ebXML provides the opportunity to
give business a voice in technology and to communicate business
objectives in technical collaborations."

"Having Oracle and Sterling Commerce join the JCC as experts is a
significant step event for ebXML," explained Duane Nickull of XML Global
Technologies. "For the rapidly growing number of companies that are
fast-tracking their ebXML implementations, the JCC is there to support
their efforts and ensure technical coordination for all ebXML
specifications. We welcome the expertise provided by Oracle and

About ebXML
ebXML (www.ebXML.org), enables mission-critical Web services and
transactional electronic commerce, allowing enterprises of any size and
in any geographical location to conduct business over the Internet.
Using ebXML, companies now have a set of standard methods to exchange
business messages, conduct trading relationships, communicate data in
common terms and define and register business processes. ebXML is
sponsored by UN/CEFACT (www.uncefact.org), the United Nations body whose
mandate covers worldwide policy and technical development in the area of
trade facilitation and electronic business, and OASIS
(http://www.oasis-open.org), a not-for-profit, global consortium that
drives the development, convergence and adoption of e-business

For more information:
Carol Geyer
Director of Communications
+1.978.667.5115 x209

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