Electronic business XML or ebXML is an international enterprise founded by the OASIS or Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards and the UN/CEFACT or United Nations Center for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business. It is established to standardize XML business specifications. It also serves as a framework that enables XML to be used in electronic data exchange consistently. Relying on the Internet’s existing standards, it can be implemented and deployed on any computing form, which makes it relatively inexpensive.
The ebXML initiative is built on three basic concepts: 1) ensure data communication interoperability; 2) ensure commercial interoperability; and 3) allow enterprises to locate one another, become trading partners and conduct businesses together. Its core specification is the messaging service. It uses a vocabulary that establishes unanimity between you and your partners, and among industries. With a message format that contains any form of payload, the recipient can deploy machine processes to automatically identify, interpret and utilize the content of the message.
The ebXML specifications deal with electronic business services, which are based on Extensible Markup Language (XML). Other business systems built on it incorporate other technologies, access different databases, work on various operating systems and use various programming languages. However, XML is the main element that makes all work together. The utilization of this international initiative focuses on XML as the format for data exchanges. However, ebXML also draws on other standards and specifications.
ebXML, like other standards, provides consistency and uniformity, assuring you to safely and efficiently exchange data with your trading partners. Since it is involved in many standards organizations, you are able to send ebXML messages as easily as sending fax messages around the world. But, unlike the information sent via fax machines, the content of the messages are vital. The e-business messages and services governed by ebXML contain key components that detail the data interchange.