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webMethods and Covisint Unveil ebXML Proof of Concept

webMethods and Covisint Unveil ebXML Proof of Concept at Autotech 2001

Companies Demonstrate Universal Document Translation for Ebusiness Through Public Exchange

Detroit, MI, USA. AutoTech 2001. August 28, 2001.

webMethods, Inc., the leading provider of integration software, and Covisint will reveal an AIAG sponsored Proof of Concept (POC) demonstrating the ability to facilitate electronic transactions through the global automotive exchange using the ebXML format. This POC also exhibits the capability of the webMethods integration platform to support a variety of electronic document formats and standards - both XML and EDI - accelerating e-commerce through public exchanges by leveraging participants' IT investments in legacy systems.

"This Proof of Concept demonstration will show the automotive industry the value ebXML can provide as the technical foundation to allow the exchange of electronic documents between trading partners," said Jeff Cripps, director, industry relations, Covisint. "This is an important step in the effort to standardize the automotive industry on ebXML, while protecting significant investments made in EDI."

The demonstration will be hosted by Covisint in booth #726 at AutoTech 2001. The demo will feature a typical electronic transaction between a manufacturer and supplier facilitated through Covisint utilizing the webMethods integration platform. Multiple electronic document standards, including EDI, OAG, and ebXML, will be utilized, transformed, and re-converted through this end-to-end transaction.

In the demonstration scenario, Covisint will act as an intermediary between an automotive manufacturer and supplier. The manufacturer will send an EDI-based Forecast/Material Release document to Covisint. This forecast will be transformed - based on the requirements of the individual supplier - into an OAG document and routed to the supplier using ebXML. The supplier will return an OAG Advanced Shipping Notice (ASN) using ebXML back to Covisint. The ASN will be transformed - based on the requirements of the manufacturer - into an EDI-based Advanced Shipping Notice document and transmitted to the manufacturer. Covisint, the supplier, and the manufacturer will all be connected in real-time, and the entire manufacturing forecast and notification process will be managed using the webMethods integration platform.

"Covisint touches a vast number of buyers and suppliers, so this demonstration is a critical advancement as the automotive industry moves to adopting ebXML as the common standard," said Scott Crompton, vice president of automotive, webMethods, Inc. "Additionally, we've clearly shown that the webMethods integration platform serves as a universal translator of multiple standards and applications allowing nearly any company - independent of their own technology requirements - to participate with Covisint."

Covisint selected webMethods in June of 2001 to provide the integration framework for the automotive exchange. Covisint is leveraging the webMethods integration platform to automate the exchange's internal business processes such as product development, procurement and supply chain management. In addition, Covisint customers worldwide will be offered the webMethods integration platform to facilitate connections to the exchange.

About Covisint

Covisint is a global solutions provider partnering with the automotive industry. Our focus is to improve the effectiveness of mission-critical processes such as collaborative product development, procurement and supply chain management, which will enhance our customers' product quality, cost structure and time-to-market worldwide. Covisint was founded by DaimlerChrysler, Ford, General Motors, Nissan, Renault, Commerce One and Oracle. Since its inception, PSA Peugeot Citrokn has also joined the initiative. Covisint has headquarters in Amsterdam, Tokyo and Southfield, Michigan. For more information about Covisint, visit

About webMethods, Inc.

webMethods, Inc. is the leading provider of integration software. The webMethods integration platform allows customers to achieve quantifiable R.O.I. by linking business processes, enterprise and legacy applications, databases and workflows both within and across enterprises. By deploying the webMethods integration platform, customers reduce costs, create new revenue opportunities, strengthen relationships with customers, substantially increase supply chain efficiencies and streamline internal business processes.

Founded in 1996, webMethods is headquartered in Fairfax, Va., with offices throughout the U.S., Europe and Asia Pacific. webMethods has approximately 700 customers worldwide including Global 2000 leaders such as Citibank, Dell, Eastman Chemical, The Ford Motor Company, Grainger, and Motorola. webMethods' strategic partners include Accenture, Ariba, BroadVision, Commerce One, Deloitte Consulting, EDS, Hewlett-Packard, i2 Technologies, J.D. Edwards, KPMG Consulting, Microsoft, Oracle Corp., SAP AG and Siebel Systems. More information about the company can be found at


Prepared by Robin Cover for The XML Cover Pages archive. See "Open Applications Group" and "Electronic Business XML Initiative (ebXML)."

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