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XML Global to Host UN/CEFACT and OASIS ebXML Conference in February 2001

VANCOUVER, BC. January 24, 2001.

XML Global Technologies, Inc. (, a product focused, XML powered, e-business platform company, is pleased to announce that it will be hosting the upcoming ebXML conference scheduled to be held in Vancouver, BC on the 12th to 16th of February 2001. The conference, the first ebXML event to be held in Canada, will be co-hosted by DataChannel, NetFish Technologies and Cyclone Commerce.

ebXML Vancouver ( is a five-day conference focused on advancing ebXML as the accepted XML-based global infrastructure for electronic business. The conference is one of a series, the last one having been held in Tokyo in November 2000, with additional meetings scheduled for April and May of this year. The conference will attract CEOs, CTOs, software architects and developers from around the world, as well as members of the international press.

XML Global has been an ardent supporter of ebXML since its inception in 1999 and is proud to have two of its management team as active members of the ebXML initiative. Duane Nickull, Founder and CTO of XML Global, is a member of the ebXML Steering Committee and co-editor, with Brian Eisenberg from DataChannel, of the Technical Architecture Specification. David Webber, Vice President of Business Development for XML Global, is involved with a wide variety of XML initiatives, including the ebXML interoperability standards project.

"When the ebXML initiative was first proposed in September 1999 global acceptance and approval was almost immediate," stated Peter Shandro, CEO of XML Global. "Previous conferences have established significant milestones, including the approval of an ebXML Requirements Specification and a proof-of- concept demonstration for the routing and enveloping of ebXML messages." Shandro continued, "Moving into the final and critical phases of this initiative, XML Global is proud to be hosting the first ebXML conference to be held in Canada."

As one of the co-hosts of the event, Cyclone Commerce will be highlighting its position for supporting industry-wide initiatives designed to develop new business-to-business (B2B) standards that allow business partners to collaborate over the Internet.

"We are thrilled to be a part of the rapidly growing ebXML initiative. The strong focus from international and small trading partners will make ebXML one of the dominating standards in the near future," said David Bennett, co- founder and chief technology officer of Cyclone Commerce. "Because the ebXML standard helps drive down the costs of connecting and managing trading relationships, companies leveraging ebXML will be able to experience more affordable and scalable solutions. With this in mind, Cyclone's core solutions naturally embrace ebXML and provide customers with the ability to truly manage and connect to all of their partners."

"With the explosive growth of emarketplaces and eBusiness platforms, it's become increasingly important to develop common standards that will make true business-to-business communication a reality," said Brian Eisenberg, Standards and Technology Liaison for DataChannel. "Companies wanting to stay competitive need to have a strategic plan for integrating their existing enterprise IT infrastructure with the emerging distributed service-based architecture. DataChannel's decision to co-sponsor the ebXML meeting reaffirms our commitment to helping ebXML achieve its goal of creating a single global electronic market, which ultimately benefits the industry and our customers."

"Netfish strongly supports the work of ebXML and actively participates in key project teams, both as members and in leadership positions," said Klaus- Dieter Naujok, Chair of ebXML and CTO of Netfish Technologies. "We are pleased to co-host the Vancouver meeting and look forward to the successful delivery of a product that will meet the needs of the global marketplace."

About ebXML

ebXML ( is an international initiative established by UN/CEFACT and OASIS in late 1999 with a mandate to undertake an 18-month program of work to research and identify the technical basis upon which the global implementation of XML (Extensible Markup Language) can be standardized. The goal of ebXML is to facilitate open trade between organizations regardless of size by enabling XML to be used in a consistent manner to exchange electronic business data.


OASIS ( is the world's largest independent, non-profit organization dedicated to the standardization of XML applications. OASIS sponsors include Adobe Systems, Aerospatiale, Data Solutions, Arbortext, B-Bop Associates, BEA Systems, Boeing, Bowstreet, Bridge, BroadVision, Chrystal Software, Cohesia, Commerce One, Corel, DataChannel, Dataloom, DMSi, Documentum, Dun & Bradstreet,, Enigma, eXcelon, Extensibility, Extricity Software, First Call, IBM, InformIT, Informix, InterCAP, Interwoven, ISOGEN, ITEDO, JetForm, Keyfile, Logistics Management Institute, Mercator Software, Microsoft, NextPage, Netfish Technologies, NII Enterprise Promotion Association, Nimble Technology, NIST, Oracle Corporation, Pick Systems, ProNet Technology, Reuters, Sabre, SAP, Sequoia Software, SoftQuad, Software AG, STEP, StreamServe, Sun Microsystems, Synth-Bank, Visa, Wavo, Webb Interactive Services, webMethods, Whitehill Technologies, Xerox, XML Global Technologies, Inc., XMLSolutions and XyEnterprise.


UN/CEFACT ( is the United Nations body whose mandate covers worldwide policy and technical development in the area of trade facilitation and electronic business. Headquartered in Geneva, it has developed and promoted many tools for the facilitation of global business processes including UN/EDIFACT, the international EDI standard. Its current work program includes such topics as Simpl-edi and Object Oriented EDI and it strongly supports the development and implementation of open, interoperable global standards and specifications for electronic business.

About Cyclone Commerce, Inc.

Cyclone Commerce provides an open platform B2B commerce that allows customers to establish and manage "open-to-all" trading communities without lengthy integration or implementation cycles. Cyclone Commerce enables these exponential connections due to its unique ability to support any-and-all of the Internet and legacy systems in use by all trading partners. Companies use Cyclone Commerce's family of easy-to-use products to quickly deploy secure trading networks that provide cost reductions, fast ROI, and new revenue sources through extending and automating value chain transactions. For additional information please visit our website,

About DataChannel

DataChannel is the leading provider of enterprise platform and portal solutions for the e-business world. DataChannel's software products help companies better compete in the Internet economy by connecting employees, partners, and suppliers to the corporate information they need - anywhere, anytime - from the convenience of their desktops and wireless devices. DataChannel was the first enterprise portal vendor to leverage XML as a central part of its DataChannel Server's (DCS) open architecture, allowing companies to extend their existing IT investments. Founded in 1996 and privately held, DataChannel is headquartered in Bellevue, Washington. For additional information please visit or contact

About Netfish

The Netfish XDI Product Suite is the first proven B2B e-commerce solution that effectively enables cross-enterprise process integration by orchestrating collaborative multi-enterprise workflows. Netfish enables customers to achieve seamless, 100% secure collaboration with trading partners and gain the agility to respond to changing market opportunities. The XDI system is built from the ground up using Java and Extensible Markup Language (XML), complementary technologies designed for interoperability and the Internet. Netfish Technologies was founded in 1997 and is based in Santa Clara, CA. Please visit for more information.

About XML Global Technologies, Inc.

XML Global Technologies, Inc. engineers and deploys XML-based web infrastructure tools and e-business applications. Leveraging its patented XML technologies for searching, EDI/XML transformation, data storage and transaction authentication, XML Global builds and manages complete XML based e- business platforms as well as providing standalone XML based e-business solutions. XML Global's core products include: (1) Searching: GoXML(TM) Search, a patent pending contextual XML search and indexing engine. (2) Transformation: GoXML(TM) Transform, patented EDI/XML SQL transformation software with OBBC connectivity. (3) Storage: GoXML(TM) DB, a patented native XML database solution. By integrating and applying these core technologies XML Global will profit by empowering its clients to build and manage successful technology platforms for web services, net markets and related e-business initiatives. For further information please visit our website at

Prepared by Robin Cover for The XML Cover Pages archive.

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