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FYI Bob _________ Bob Sutor Director, IBM e-business Standards Strategy Office 716-243-2445 / Cellular 716-317-6899 IBM Tieline 320-9138 / Fax 716-243-1778 eWEEK, 12/7/00 -- Backers to demo Electronic Business XML spec By Roberta Holland, eWEEK December 7, 2000 4:38 PM ET http://www.zdnet.com/eweek/stories/general/0,11011,2662455,00.html More than a dozen companies involved with the Electronic Business XML effort will gather next week to show a working demo of the specification. The so-called "proof of concept" demonstration is slated to take place Tuesday in San Francisco. Vendors participating in the event and the drive for the new specification include IBM, Sun Microsystems Inc., Cisco Systems Inc., Extol, Fujitsu, Interwoven, IPNet, Netfish Technologies Inc., Savvion, Sterling Commerce Inc., Viquity, XML Global and XMLSolutions Corp. The demonstration will show that ebXML works and is interoperable. Participants also are expected to announce that the delivery date has been accelerated from May, as originally planned, to as soon as March, sources said. "This is a huge milestone for global e-commerce, showing real-world scenarios implemented across multiple products and on different operating systems," said JP Morgenthal, chief technology officer of XMLSolutions, in McLean, Va., of the demo. Often standards are only theoretical constructs when they first emerge, rather than a working, interoperable specification, he said. The standards effort was created jointly by OASIS (the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards) and the United Nations' branch in charge of e-business. Buy-in from EDI backers The goal of the initiative is to create a standard framework for businesses to exchange data over the Internet, without having to go through the expense of Electronic Data Interchange. However, officials involved with the effort say companies that have already invested in EDI won't have to dump their existing system but can instead leverage ebXML on top of what they already have in place. "The major significance of ebXML is that, really within the last year, [the effort] has managed to focus and direct the EDI community and really get them to accept that XML and Internet technologies are their future," said Bob Sutor, IBM's director of e-business standards strategies, in Somers, N.Y. Sutor estimated companies will start coming out with products that support ebXML in the third quarter of next year. The effort has six general specifications, which are modular in nature and can be implemented piecemeal. They are: requirements, business processes, core components, transport routing and packaging, registry and repository, and trading partners. The group is furthest along with transport routing and packaging, which is the low-level messaging layer. Bill Smith, manager of Sun's XML technology center and member of the ebXML executive committee, agreed that being able to demonstrate running code is an important milestone. The effort will usher in "the next generation for global trade," said Smith, who also serves as president of OASIS. "We're not looking to do something [only useful] for the next six months," said Smith, in Cupertino, Calif. "We're looking to do the work in a very short window, but we expect the work to live for decades."
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