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Live Demos of ebXML Messaging Services Protocol at XML Europe 2003

ebXML Applications Demonstrated Live at London Conference

Billerica, MA, USA. May 23, 2003.

The XML Europe 2003 Conference showcased two days of live ebXML demonstrations and presentations that tackled demanding real-life business needs, to an overflow audience each day.

Highlighting the event, a group of five technology companies -- XT-I, Seeburger AG, Sun Microsystems, Sonic Software, TIE International -- representing the e-Business Board for European Standardization, in association with OASIS, demonstrated ebXML messaging in real-life steel industry business scenarios. The business cases, supplied by the European steel industry e-marketplace Steel24-7, showed transactions with XML and EDI business payloads sent and received by different vendors' systems using the ebXML Messaging Services protocol. In each case the systems exchanging the data integrated the payloads into simulated corporate databases.

The demonstrations showed that ebXML can routinely handle the rigorous requirements of high-performance business under realistic conditions. In one demonstration, the participants even took one of the systems out of service interrupting the transaction, but the message remained in persistent storage -- a key requirement of ebXML messaging -- which allowed the message to go through once the system came back online.

The event featured several case studies of current business uses of ebXML including: the telecommunications industry in the U.K. (Martin Roberts, BT), the container shipping industry in India (Visva Visvanathan, Indian Institute of Science), a travel industry global distribution system in the U.S. (Mike Wheaton, Sun Microsystems), General Motors (Dan Malks, Sun Microsystems), and the international paper industry (Tilo Zimmermann, Ponton Consulting).

The program also discussed innovative applications and extensions of the ebXML architecture, including: the European openXchange project (Erwin Folmer and Dennis Krukkert, TNO E-business), an open-source implementation of the ebXML registry specifications (Farrukh Najmi, Sun Microsystems), Content Assembly Mechanism (David Webber, SmartDraw), ebXML Test Framework (Jacques Durand, Fujitsu), ebXML Test Centers (Monica Martin, Sun Microsystems), and interoperability of ebXML messaging (Rik Drummond, Drummond Group).

Patrick Gannon, president and CEO of OASIS who gave the welcoming address to the conference participants said, "The ebXML Showcase illustrated that these specifications are for real, and delivering solid business value for companies large and small." Gannon added, "The demonstrations and cases discussed at the conference should erase any doubt that the ebXML framework can provide the reliability, security, and flexibility companies need to do e-business in the 21st century."

Ray Walker, Chair of the UN/CEFACT Steering Group who gave the wrap-up address at the meeting said, "The coming together of companies and organizations from Europe, Asia, and North America to tell their stories about ebXML's success shows the strength of open global standards that contributed to the rapid spread of ebXML." Walker noted, "The London conference demonstrated conclusively that ebXML has begun to fulfill its promise to make e-business possible for any company or organization anywhere in the world."

Congratulations to all who participated in this exciting event. Special thanks to conference coordinators, Sang Shin of Sun Microsystems, and Alan Kotok of DISA, track chair of the ebXML Showcase.

For more information:

Carol Geyer
Director of Communications
Voice: +1.978.667.5115 x209


Prepared by Robin Cover for The XML Cover Pages archive.

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