The VLDB Journal

, Volume 12, Issue 1, pp 59–85

Business-to-business interactions: issues and enabling technologies

  • B. Medjahed
  • B. Benatallah
  • A. Bouguettaya
  • A.H.H. Ngu
  • A.K. Elmagarmid

DOI: 10.1007/s00778-003-0087-z

Cite this article as:
Medjahed, B., Benatallah, B., Bouguettaya, A. et al. VLDB (2003) 12: 59. doi:10.1007/s00778-003-0087-z

Abstract.

Business-to-Business (B2B) technologies pre-date the Web. They have existed for at least as long as the Internet. B2B applications were among the first to take advantage of advances in computer networking. The Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) business standard is an illustration of such an early adoption of the advances in computer networking. The ubiquity and the affordability of the Web has made it possible for the masses of businesses to automate their B2B interactions. However, several issues related to scale, content exchange, autonomy, heterogeneity, and other issues still need to be addressed. In this paper, we survey the main techniques, systems, products, and standards for B2B interactions. We propose a set of criteria for assessing the different B2B interaction techniques, standards, and products.

Keywords: E-commerce - B2B Interactions - EDI - XML - Components - Workflows - Web services

Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2003

Authors and Affiliations

  • B. Medjahed
    • 1
  • B. Benatallah
    • 2
  • A. Bouguettaya
    • 1
  • A.H.H. Ngu
    • 3
  • A.K. Elmagarmid
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Computer Science, Virginia Tech, 7054 Haycock Road, Falls Church, VA 22043 USA; e-mail: {brahim,athman}@vt.edu US
  2. 2. School of Computer Science and Engineering, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW 2052 Australia; e-mail: boualem@cse.unsw.edu.au AT
  3. 3. Department of Computer Science, Southwest Texas State University, San Marcos, TX 78666 USA; e-mail: angu@swt.edu US
  4. 4. Department of Computer Sciences, Purdue University, 250 N. University Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907 USA; e-mail: ake@cs.purdue.edu US