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Documentum Proves Viability of ebXML Standard

Documentum Proves Viability of ebXML Standard as Part of ebXML Initiative

Proof-of-Concept Demonstrates Documentum's Corporate Vision to Standardize and Streamline Global B2B Messaging

LONDON, UK. March 26, 2001.

Documentum, a leading provider of Internet-scale content management technology for powering e-business applications, has completed a proof of concept demonstration of the emerging ebXML global messaging standard. Proof-of-concept demonstrations are being presented by the ebXML Initiative starting this week at XML One in London.

The ebXML Initiative was jointly established by both UN/CEFACT, a United Nations body focused on worldwide policy and technical developments in the area of trade and electronic business, and by OASIS, the international consortium that advances electronic business by promoting open, collaborative development of interoperability specifications.

"Our corporate vision is to extend enterprise content management beyond the boundaries of any single enterprise and to support collaboration between all trading partners distributed globally," said Howard Shao, CTO of Documentum." For B2B to be successful on a global scale, standardization efforts like ebXML are critical to ensure interoperability across trading partners. We look forward to our continued participation in the development of e-business standards through our involvement with OASIS and the ebXML initiative and to assisting in the proof-of-concept phase where the usability of these specifications will be evaluated in actual content collaboration tests."

ebXML is a worldwide project to standardize the exchange of electronic business data using an XML-based infrastructure to enable consistent, secure, and interoperable message exchange. Una Kearns, XML Architect at Documentum and a member of the OASIS board of directors, explained: "XML-based content management and collaboration, the core functions of Documentum 4i eBusiness Editions, are critical components of an e-business infrastructure. By providing support for e-business standards, such as ebXML, Documentum will enable our global customers to engage in consistent B2B collaboration with their trading partners."

Added Dr. Robert S. Sutor of IBM, vice-chair of ebXML and a member of the OASIS board of directors: "The purpose of the ebXML Initiative is to enable a global electronic market for enterprises of any size and located in any country. Documentum's strong global position as a content management technology provider has been a great asset during the development of the ebXML infrastructure for e-business."

Documentum will be participating in another ebXML proof of concept at XML DevCon in New York, April 9-10, and another in Vienna, Austria, May 7-11.

About Documentum

Documentum drives content management through e-businesses with an open, flexible, Internet-scalable platform that enables customers to create, deliver, publish, and personalize content in all formats across all e-business applications. More than 1,100 Global 2000 companies use Documentum products and services to provide dynamic, trusted content to all users, the key to e-business success in the New Economy. Documentum is an active sponsor of OASIS (Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards) and a founding member of, as well as a (Universal Description, Discover and Integration) advisor and an associate member of the WAP (Wireless Application Protocol) Forum. For more information, please visit Documentum on the Web at .

Prepared by Robin Cover for The XML Cover Pages archive. See also the general announcement and "Electronic Business XML Initiative (ebXML)".

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