ebXML Messaging vs 2.0 Interoperability Pilot
Four Vendors Complete ebXML Messaging vs 2.0 Interoperability Pilot
Cross Industry Support for ebXML Messaging Standard Grows
Princeton, NJ, USA / Austin, TX, USA. March 19, 2002.
The Uniform Code Council, Inc. (UCC), leaders in facilitating efficient international business, and the Drummond Group Inc., an interoperability conformance consultancy, today announced that four leading solution providers successfully completed their ebXML Messaging Interoperability Pilot. Using the Drummond Group Interoperability Conformance Processes, the participating companies, bTrade, inc., Cyclone Commerce, Sterling Commerce, and Sybase, underwent thorough and rigorous testing to demonstrate their ebXML software products comply to a common level of interoperability. The completion of this conformance test represents another important step in the adoption of open, global standards to facilitate B2B Internet commerce.
EbXML Messaging focuses on a standardized means to securely transmit B2B Internet transaction information from one party to another either directly or via intermediaries, such as e-marketplaces and exchanges. It is a key standard that enables web services, providing secure and reliable messaging for B2B communications. Interoperability in the messaging layer is critical to ensure that all ebXML components can work together seamlessly. It will also enable other vertical industry standards that have endorsed ebXML messaging to be successful within this framework. The testing is critical to the adoption of the standard and will accelerate the development and delivery of interoperable solutions to the global user community.
The UCC-Drummond ebXML messaging pilot and subsequent tests will ensure that different e-business software offerings can seamlessly work in concert under real world conditions, eliminating costly communication obstacles and facilitating more efficient trading partner relationships. The ebXML messaging specification has grown in cross industry endorsements over past months with industry groups such as the Standards for Technology in Automotive Retail (STAR), Open Applications Group Inc., Covisint, the Global Commerce Initiative (GCI), and the Open Travel Alliance stating their support.
The Drummond Group and the UCC announced the next round of ebXML messaging interoperability testing will be conducted in June 2002. Further information about the testing program, including a complete testing final report can be found on the UCC and Drummond Group websites at http://www.uc-council.org and at http://www.drummondgroup.com/html/EU_ebXML.html.
Companies participating in the Drummond Group-UCC Secure EDI over the Internet Conformance Validation Test:
- bTrade, inc. -- ebXML Connector version 1.0
- Cyclone Commerce Inc. -- Cyclone Activator version 4.2, Cyclone Interchange version 4.2
- Sterling Commerce -- STERLING Integrator version 1.2.0
- Sybase Inc. -- Web Services Integrator (WSI), version 2.5
About Drummond Group Inc.
The Drummond Group Inc. works with software vendors, vertical industry and the standards community to drive adoption for standards by facilitating vertical industry pilots, interoperability conformance testing and building competitive supply chain strategies. Founded in 1990, the vendor-neutral group represents best-of-breed in the industry on linking horizontal infrastructure technologies, standards and interoperability issues with the needs of vertical industry such as retail, grocery, healthcare, transportation, government and automotive. See http://www.drummondgroup.com.
Uniform Code Council
The Uniform Code Council, Inc. (UCC) is a not-for-profit standards development organization originally founded in 1972. The UCC, along with its global partner EAN International, administers the EAN.UCC System, which includes the Universal Product Code (U.P.C.) and other tools to facilitate efficient global trade. The EAN.UCC System is used by nearly one million member companies worldwide. The UCC functions as a primary resource for business and industry, developing worldwide identification codes, data carriers, and electronic commerce. See http://www.uc-council.org.
ebXML, sponsored by UN/CEFACT and OASIS, is a modular suite of specifications that enables enterprises of any size and in any geographical location to conduct business over the Internet. Using ebXML, companies now have a standard method to exchange business messages, conduct trading relationships, communicate data in common terms and define and register business processes. For more information, visit www.ebxml.org.