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Subject: Re: [ebxml-dev] elementary doubt on ebXML MSH

Tin Tin asks:

> Is it
> possible to create an MSH which can be downloaded and installed indpendent
> of plat forms, and avoding using web Servers.

Realistically, since the intent is to link companies doing B2B, you can probably 
assume there will be some sort of internet-connected server at each end.  
Might be rather modest hardware (eg. PC's running Windows or .NET 
perhaps) but servers there will be in many cases.

In that situation, it's not that hard to download an MSH implementation (Java 
or .NET).  But I still don't think it is going to happen.

For MLE's (Medium-Large Enterprises), they have some IT capability and 
back-end legacy infrastructure.  So they will likely find and integrate an MSH 
implementation into their infrastructure as a matter of course.  Eventually (we 
hope), app servers (and maybe MS's BizTalk) will come out of the box with 
MSH connectivity making this even easier.

For SME's (Small/Medium), who don't have any IT capability typically, they are 
not about to download and install anything, since it implies integration with 
their applications.  Something they cannot or will not do.  ebXML will only 
succeed at this level if it comes as part of a turnkey solution, probably 
embedded by software vendors like Quicken, Microsoft and others.   Due to 
the politics of the situation, I'm not holding my breath.

For very small users (or those that just want a simple solution), I think what we 
will see are intermediaries (think Covisint) in various industry verticals, which 
will provide a web presence and browser interface to the companies.  The 
intermediary will worry about building out, supporting and integrating the 
ebXML components.

The wild card in all this is Web Services.  ebXML MSH in many ways looks like 
a web service....and if it becomes more ubiquitous, smaller companies might 
be able to use Web Services-like tools to provide the link to other trading 
partners.  If the IT industry ever delivers on the WS promise, this might push 
the ability to use exposed Web Services (and more specifically B2B-based 
WS's) into smaller organizations.

My 2 cents worth...

Andrzej Jan Taramina
Chaeron Corporation: Enterprise System Solutions

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