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Subject: tpaML Re: OASIS Forms TC to Develop XML Spec for Business Transactions

Does anyone have any information on this?  It sounds like a competitor to


Carol Geyer <carol.geyer@oasis-open.org> on 01/31/2001 08:43:14 AM

To:   xmlorginterest@lists.xml.org
Subject:  OASIS Forms TC to Develop XML Spec for Business Transactions

OASIS Forms Technical Committee to Develop XML Specification for
Managing Business Transactions

Boston, MA, USA; January 31, 2001--OASIS, the interoperability
consortium, has formed a new technical committee to develop an XML-based
protocol for managing complex, business-to-business (B2B) transactions
over the Internet. The OASIS Business Transactions Technical Committee
plans to build an open specification for XML message interfaces that
will support the coordination and processing of Web services from
different organizations.

"Long lasting transactions spanning multiple enterprises pose a unique
challenge for B2B systems," explained Rocky Stewart of BEA Systems,
chair of the OASIS Business Transactions Technical Committee. "By
establishing an open XML specification to coordinate the workflows that
drive this process, the OASIS Business Transactions Technical Committee
will work to ensure that the outcome of a B2B transaction is
reliable--regardless of how many players are involved or how long it
takes to execute."

The new OASIS committee initially plans to base its work on the Business
Transaction Protocol (BTP) specification, submitted to the Consortium by
BEA Systems. BTP allows complex XML message exchanges to be tracked and
managed as loosely coupled 'conversations' between businesses. OASIS
welcomes the submission of other suitable technologies for consideration
in this work.

Karl Best, director of technical operations for OASIS, noted, "The goal
of this committee is to develop an XML protocol that works in
conjunction with existing business messaging standards, particularly
ebXML." The Electronic Business XML (ebXML) Initiative, sponsored by the
United Nations CEFACT and OASIS, is a set of specifications to enable
global business. Best added, "Although the work of the OASIS Business
Transactions Technical Committee will extend beyond the problem domain
currently being addressed by ebXML, the development will be designed to
complement the ebXML underlying transport mechanism."

Organizations and individuals interested in business transaction issues
are invited to join the OASIS Business Transactions Technical Committee
and participate in this development. Information on Consortium
membership can be found on http://www.oasis-open.org.

OASIS (http://www.oasis-open.org) is the international, not-for-profit
consortium that advances electronic business by promoting open,
collaborative development of interoperability specifications. With the
United Nations, OASIS sponsors ebXML, a global framework for electronic
business data exchange. OASIS operates XML.ORG, the non-commercial
portal that delivers information on the use of XML in industry. The
XML.ORG Registry provides as an open community clearinghouse for
distributing and locating XML application schemas, vocabularies and
related documents. OASIS serves as the home for industry groups
interested in developing XML specifications. OASIS technical work
embraces conformance, repositories and other interoperability issues.

OASIS sponsors include Adobe Systems, Access360, Aerospatiale, AND Data
Solutions, Arbortext, Auto-trol, Aventail, Baltimore Technologies, B-Bop
Associates, BEA Systems, Bentley Systems, Boeing, Bowstreet, Bridge,
Chrystal Software, Cohesia, Commerce One, Critical Path, DataChannel,
Dataloom, Defense Information Services Agency, Deutsche Post AG,
Documentum, EADS Airbus, eCredit.com, empolis, Enigma, Excelergy,
eXcelon, Extensibility, Extricity, First Call, Hewlett-Packard, IBM,
icomXpress, Informix, Infoteria, Innodata, Interwoven, IPNet Solutions,
ISOGEN, ITEDO, Jamcracker, JetForm, Logistics Management Institute,
Mediaplex, Mercator Software, Micrografx, Microsoft, Netegrity, Netfish,
Netscape/AOL, NextPage, NII Enterprise Promotion Association, Nimble
Technology, NIST, ObjectSpace, Pick Systems, Pearson Education, Planet 7
Technologies, Popkin Software, ProNet Technology, Reuters, Sabre, SAP,
Sequoia Software, SilverStream Software, SoftQuad, Software AG, Sterling
Commerce, StreamServe, Sun Microsystems, Tamalpais Group, Thomas
Technology Solutions, TIBCO, Virtual Access Networks, Visa, Wavo,
webMethods, Whitehill Technologies, Xerox, XML Global, XMLSolutions and

For more information:
Carol Geyer
Director of Communications


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