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Subject: Re:RE: RE: Regarding the Thursday ebXML Conf Call
David wrote - Mark You ask ... >>>Although I personally can't understand why anyone would want to use an antiquated technology such as e-mail to forward XML, especially in a business to business exchange<<< Mark, the reason is that it saves businesses money. For example take one of our clients - General Motors. They have 30,000 suppliers. They do 80% of their business with 20% of their suppliers. The other 20% of business they do with the other 80% of suppliers (i.e. it's the usual 80-20 rule). However the smaller suppliers are not automated and cost a lot in administrative time (i.e. people time) to work with them. The way big companies like GM save money is by automating document communications wiht **all** of their suppliers. .. BUT ... .. some of those suppliers are small 1-2 person businesses. They have neither the skills nor the cost justification to invest in technology to support on-line real-time HTTP connections. If you're lucky, many of them now have email account, and if not that then a fax. So we need to define a "messaging" approach that can scale to work with all these types of business. We need to support email for solid business reasons. David - Are you suggesting that General Motors only uses Mime and only sends XML via e-Mail? Please note that I also said "I do see the need to accomodate folks desires. If on the other hand, you are selecting mime as "the" ebXML solution, then I think that you will loose participation and support of the bulk of the XML community" I have not said "don't use mime". I have only said that you shouldn't use mime exclusively or you will turn off the XML community. Nothing anyone has said in this thread has supported exclusive use of Mime in ebXML compliant exchanges. In fact, most of the arguments appear to say that mime is not the optimal solution, only that it provides quick fix support to some issues. Mark Mark Crawford Research Fellow ______ LMI Logistics Management Institute 2000 Corporate Ridge, McLean, VA 22102-7805 (703) 917-7177 Fax (703) 917-7518 email@example.com http://www.lmi.org "Opportunity is what you make of it"
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