Bowstreet's 'jUDDI' adds punch to B2B connectivity
Industry's first implementation of broad industry-initiated standard to link e-businesses to the 'Yellow Pages' of B2B web services
PORTSMOUTH, NH. October 18, 2000.
Bowstreet (www.bowstreet.com), a leading provider of business web automation solutions for plug-and-play e-commerce, today made it easier for companies to create partnership connections over the Internet. Bowstreet announced one of the industry's first implementations of UDDI, an emerging standard for finding and using any company's web-based services. The implementation, available immediately, comes after Ariba, IBM and Microsoft unveiled a draft specification of the standard. Bowstreet has introduced jUDDI as free, open source software that is available for anyone to use.
UDDI - which stands for Universal Description, Discovery and Integration - is designed to make it easy for businesses to create partnerships and new business models using platform-neutral application components called web services. The initiative will create a distributed registry, or Yellow Pages, for publishing, finding and using web services that companies wish to offer to the marketplace.
Bowstreet's jUDDI (pronounced "Judy") is an open source Java-based toolkit for developers to make their applications UDDI-ready. jUDDI-enabled applications will be able to look up a web service in a UDDI registry. A retail chain, for example, could use the toolkit to jUDDI-enable its online catalog. With jUDDI, the catalog could call another company's shopping cart and a third company's transaction web service, creating an instant web-based store. Companies will eventually create many connections like this, spawning "business webs," or dynamic collections of businesses, on a massive scale.
Bowstreet will incorporate jUDDI technology into its products, including the Bowstreet Business Web Factory. With the jUDDI-enabled Business Web Factory, customers will be able to point and click to search, select and acquire web services from the UDDI registry. Customers will then be able to combine these web services, incorporate them with web services within companies and in other directories across the web, and customize and proliferate the results - all without programming. This process automates the creation of business webs, an emerging business model for 21st-century commerce.
"Harnessing web services and simplifying intercompany eBusiness is what Bowstreet is about, and our jUDDI toolkit is a natural extension of our products and services," said James Tauber, Bowstreet's director of XML technology. "jUDDI will be the key to UDDI Business Registries, and the Factory will let companies make best use of the contents."
jUDDI and UDDI will complement DSML (Directory Services Markup Language) - the directory services standard launched last year by Bowstreet, IBM, Microsoft, Oracle (Nasdaq: ORCL)and the Sun-Netscape Alliance. Directories provide users with a powerful way to manage web services, including web services published in UDDI registries. Bowstreet sees synergy between DSML and UDDI and will actively explore a relationship between the two specifications, according to Tauber, who is chairman of the DSML 2.0 working group. The jUDDI project is hosted at SourceForge and available as downloadable software from www.juddi.org.
jUDDI is the latest in a long line of Bowstreet's industry firsts that advance intercompany interoperability on the Internet. "UDDI, Microsoft's .NET, HP's e-Speak, ebXML, DSML and a host of other initiatives confirm what Bowstreet customers already know," said Bob Crowley, Bowstreet's president and chief executive officer. "They know that plug-and-play e-commerce is possible and inevitable for the 21st century, because they're doing it."
Bowstreet, a founding advisor to the UDDI initiative, was one of the first companies to recognize the importance of web services and act on it commercially. In 1998, the company announced a software architecture for deploying and managing web services across multiple vendor platforms. In 1999, Bowstreet shipped a commercial product, the Business Web Factory, enabling companies to develop mass-customized business relationships for linking their customers, vendors and business partners on the Internet. In June 2000, the Business Web Factory 2 became a vendor-neutral XML-based platform to enable on-the-fly assembly and mass-customization of any and all XML-based web services, including those compatible with software from Microsoft, Sun (Nasdaq: SUNW), IBM, Hewlett-Packard (NYSE: HWP) and others.
About the Bowstreet Business Web Factory
Bowstreet's Business Web Factory enables companies to dramatically accelerate B2B e-commerce using business webs, or collections of high-level web services that come together dynamically on the web to create new business models. This approach of interconnecting companies in dynamic business webs is based on the Business Web Factory's foundation in Extensible Markup Language (XML), a common language of e-commerce, and on Bowstreet's change automation technology, which enables companies to create mass-customized, high-level B2B and B2C web services using parametrically driven, on-the-fly assembly of core web services. The Bowstreet platform additionally enables companies to maintain their own directories of web services and to provide managed access to these web services through firewalls.
Bowstreet provides XML infrastructure for plug-and-play e-commerce. Bowstreet's Business Web Factory and businessweb.com use change automation technology to create business webs: fluid, interconnected collections of web services that come together dynamically over the Internet to create entirely new business models. Bowstreet's pioneering solutions enable companies to sell new products and services, create new channels of distribution and develop new business initiatives at a fraction of the time and cost of many of today's approaches. For more information, visit www.bowstreet.com or call 603-559-1900.
Beaupre & Co.
Prepared by Robin Cover for The XML Cover Pages archive. For UDDI, see "Universal Description, Discovery, and Integration (UDDI)."