ebIOP: An ebXML Compliant B2B Interoperability Platform
Interoperability has become one of the big problems of e-commerce since it was born. A number of B2B standards like ebXML, UDDI, RosettaNet, xCBL, etc. emerged recently to solve the interoperability problem. UDDI and ebXML are the leading standards in the area of e-commerce that provide different solutions for interoperability. UDDI standard provides a service based solution that proposes a registry standard for companies to publish their services on the web. On the other hand, ebXML provides a process based solution. It proposes several standard specifications like ebXML Messaging Service Specification (ebMSS) to achieve messaging interoperability, ebXML Business Process Specification (ebBPSS) and ebXML Collaboration Protocol Profile/Aggreement (ebCPP/A) to provide business process and partner profile interoperability, ebXML Registry Service Specification (ebRSS) and ebXML Registry Information Model (ebRIM) to describe a registry/repository that provides a classification mechanism to achieve partner discovery.
Currently, there exists many B2B standards each provide competing and complementary solutions to B2B interoperability. So, there is a need for serving implementation of these standards from a single, central point to ease the use and management of the implementations. In this paper, we present our system ebIOP, an ebXML compliant B2B Interoperability platform. ebIOP is designed to provide a central store for implementations of ebXML specifications to be able to use and configure the implementations of ebXML specifications from a single, central point. It defines the term ebIOP Component which corresponds to plug&play ebXML applications that are stored in the ebIOP.
KeywordsBusiness Process Trade Facilitation Process Base Solution ebXML Registry Interoperability Platform
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