ebXML: Global Standard for E-Business


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.

Charlie Alsmiller

Throughout his career, Charlie Alsmiller has focused on customer problems in difficult industries such as Energy and Telecommunications. Prior to starting Appterra in 2005, Alsmiller was VP of Global Operations for Allegro Development, a leading provider of software for the energy sector. He has also served as president of OmniSpace Technologies, a leading SaaS provider that he founded in 1999. He spent over 10 years in the consulting world with Price Waterhouse and Deloitte Consulting, where he participated in a wide variety of projects for very high profile clients. Mr. Alsmiller holds a BBA from Baylor University in Management and Information Systems and a MBA from the University of Dallas in International Business. Specialties: Technology ventures, Enterprise Software, Contract Negotiation, International Operations, Private Equity, Product Management, Strategic Alliances, Software Implementation, Software Development

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