EbXML: The New Global Standard for Doing Business Over the Internet

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Sams Publishing, 2001 - Computers - 339 pages

Businesses have come to realize that information resources and technologies are key corporate assets and decisions on these matters need to be made at the highest level in an enterprise (including public sector and not-for-profit organizations). As a result, when new standards come along with the potential for expanding collaborative e-business relationships that open new opportunities, improve cash flow, and reduce costs, business people need to know about them. That is the purpose of the new book, ebXML: the New Global Standard for doing Business On the Internet. The book describes this new set of specifications not only in terms of the technology, but also in terms of their impact on the way business really work.

Most of the larger enterprises in the world have done e-business for as long as 20 years, using a technology called electronic data interchange or EDI. While these larger companies have benefited from EDI, smaller companies rarely can afford the software or the internal management EDI requires. EbXML however, takes advantage of advances in Internet technologies and the large installed base of Internet-connected systems, to encourage the development of low-priced, plug-and-play solutions that many smaller companies can afford.

The book outlines the demanding and changing business conditions that make collaborative e-business imperative for growing numbers of companies, and show how ebXML is designed to meet these conditions. It offers an executive-level overview giving the ebXML specifications in a nutshell and scenarios of how ebXML can work in practice. The book then provides fuller descriptions of ebXMLs business requirements, XML, earlier work involving XML for business data exchange, related web services specifications, and more details of the ebXML technical architecture.

ebXML: the New Global Standard for doing Business On the Internet is the first book on ebXML, and the only extended work so far, either print or electronic, written for business managers. The technical documentation provides specific guidance for systems developers, but it is the business people who make the fundamental business decisions on using technology strategically, and this book addresses those concerns.

 

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Contents

ebXML Background and Details
101
Learning More About ebXML
295
Index
313

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Page xix - A single global electronic marketplace where enterprises of any size and in any geographical location can meet and conduct business with each other through the exchange of XML-based messages.
Page xxiv - For this reason, the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS) and the United Nations Centre for...
Page xix - UBL. ebXML is a joint initiative of the United Nations (UN/CEFACT) and OASIS, developed with global participation for global use.

About the author (2001)

Alan Kotok is a Washington, DC-based reporter and writer on technology, business, and public policy, and editor of E-Business Standards Today, published by Data Interchange Standards Association (DISA), and of U.S. Techno-Politics on Suite101.com. He writes frequently for the information technology trade press, including Electronic Commerce World magazine, XML.com, and CMP TechWeb. He is the lead author of Print Communications and the Electronic Media Challenge (Jelmar Publishing Co, 1997). Kotok serves on the ebXML Marketing-Awareness-Education project team and the W3C advisory council. Kotok previously served as DISA's Director of Education, responsible for conferences, training, and information resources. He joined DISA in October 1999 as standards manager for the OpenTravel Alliance, helping this worldwide organization establish its first XML-based message specifications. Before joining DISA, Kotok served 10 years with Graphic Communications Association (GCA) as Director of Management Technologies and then as Vice President for Electronic Business. Before joining GCA, Kotok founded Overseas Technology, a high-tech export company, and served 15 years with the U.S. Information Agency on assignment in the U.S., Middle East, Africa, and Japan. Kotok has a B. A. in journalism from the University of Iowa and a Master of Science in communications from Boston University. He completed postgraduate work in Technology of Management at The American University in 1981 82.

David R.R. Webber is Vice-President for Business Development for XML Global Technologies, in Vancouver, BC, Canada. He is a cofounder of the XML/edi Group and an acknowledged authority on XML. Webber lectures frequently in the U.S., Europe, and Asia, has more than 20 years' experience implementing business systems in a broad spectrum of industries, and is a U.S. patent holder for advanced EDI software technologies. Webber has published numerous articles and multimedia on requirements for developing XML/EDI business solutions, and is currently involved in an advisory role with a wide variety of industry initiatives developing XML business schemas. He is also participating with the RELAX Schema Working Group and is heavily involved in ebXML interoperability standards development. Most recently, Webber has been focusing on facilitating the development and deployment of semantic registry systems by government and industry organizations. He received his degree in physics with computing from the University of Kent, Canterbury, UK, in 1976.

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