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  • Copyright 2002
  • Dimensions: K
  • Pages: 576
  • Edition: 1st
  • Book
  • ISBN-10: 0-13-085727-0
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-085727-9

  • Official ebXML development guidelines, straight from the standard's creators
  • Business process analysis and e-commerce patterns
  • Catalog of common business processes
  • Core component overview, discovery, and analysis
  • Document assembly and context rules
  • Technical architecture risk assessment
  • Using UDDI to find ebXML Registry/Repository

The first and only one-stop reference to the official ebXML technical reports and white papers: the latest ebXML implementer's guidelines!

The essential companion to the official ebXML standards from OASIS and the United Nations/CEFACT, ebXML: The Technical Reports gives developers authoritative technical guidelines for implementing ebXML-based systems and applications. Personally selected by leading Internet and Web developer Aaron E. Walsh, here is a "must have" source of ebXML technical information for every serious electronic business (eBusiness) and business-to-business (B2B) professional. ebXML: The Technical Reports presents 17 crucial ebXML technical reports and white papers in their entirety, including:

  • Business Process and Business Information Analysis Overview v.1.0—Goals, collaboration techniques, modeling, analysis processes, and more—including official worksheets and tools
  • Business Process Analysis Worksheets and Guidelines v.1.0—Design, worksheet-based analysis, business-process identification, discovery, and elaboration; business transactions, and business-information descriptions
  • E-Commerce Patterns v.1.0—Contract formation and automated contract negotiation
  • Catalog of Common Business Processes v.1.0—Common and industry-specific business processes, with cross-references and use cases
  • Core Component Overview v.1.0—Naming conventions, core component dictionary, context, reusability, document assembly, structure, and more
  • Core Component Discovery and Analysis v1.04—Discovering existing or new business processes and core components, and harmonization analysis with examples
  • Plus Context and Re-Usability of Core Components, Guide to the Core Components Dictionary, Technical Architecture Risk Assessment, Using UDDI to Find ebXML Registry/Repository, ebXML Registry Security Proposal, and more!

ebXML: The Technical Reports will help you avoid reinventing the wheel, save you time, and help you make sure you're on the same page with all your business partners. If you want to use ebXML to streamline your trading relationships across the Internet, this book will be absolutely crucial to your success.

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Table of Contents. Status of this Document. ebXML Business Process Analysis Participants. Introduction. Goal and Objectives. Business Collaboration Overview. Business Process and Information Modeling. The Analysis Process. Relationship Between Business Process and Core Components. Analysis Aids: Worksheets and Tools. References. Disclaimer. Contact Information. Appendix A. Context Category—Meta Model Cross-reference.

2. Business Process Analysis Worksheets and Guidelines v 1.0.

Table of Contents. Status of this Document. ebXML Participants. Introduction. Design Objectives. Worksheet Based Analysis Overview. Business Process Identification and Discovery. Business Process Elaboration. Economic Elements. Business Collaboration. Business Transactions and Authorized Roles. Business Information Description. Appendix A. Business Process Identifier Naming Scheme. Appendix B. The Porter Value Chain. Appendix C. Drop Ship Scenario Example. Appendix D. Disclaimer. Appendix E. Contact Information.

3. E-Commerce Patterns v 1.0.

Table of Contents. Status of this Document. ebXML Participants. Introduction. Design Objectives. Contract Formation in ebXML. Simple Automated Contract Negotiation in ebXML. Disclaimer. Contact Information.

4. Catalog of Common Business Processes v 1.0.

Table of Contents. Status of this Document. ebXML Participants. Introduction. Design Objective. Business Process Catalog Use Cases. The Common Business Process Catalog Overview. Catalog of Business Processes. References. Disclaimer. Contact Information.

5. Core Component Overview v 1.05.

Table of Contents. Status of this Document. ebXML Participants. Introduction. Background. Overview. Conceptual Picture of Core Components. Relationship Between Core Component Papers. Executive Summary of Core Component Papers. Disclaimer. Contact Information.

6. Core Component Discovery and Analysis v 1.04.

Table of Contents. Status of this Document. ebXML Participants. Introduction. Design Objectives. Discovery and Analysis. Disclaimer. Contact Information. Appendix A. Discovery example—death registry. Appendix B. Discovery example—manufacturing business process.

7. Context and Re-Usability of Core Components v 1.04.

Table of Contents. Status of this Document. ebXML Participants. Introduction. Using Context Descriptors. The Application of Context to Business Problems. Disclaimer. Contact Information.

8. Guide to the Core Components Dictionary v 1.04.

Table of Contents. Status of this Document. ebXML Participants. Introduction. Design Objectives. Dictionary Overview. Disclaimer. Contact Information.

9. Naming Convention for Core Components v 1.04.

Table of Contents. Status of this Document. ebXML Participants. Introduction. Basic Information Entities—Data Element Level. List of Representation Types. Naming of Aggregate Information Entities. Rules for Components' Definitions. Disclaimer. Contact Information.

10. Document Assembly and Context Rules v 1.04.

Table of Contents. Status of this Document. ebXML Participants. Introduction. Document Assembly. Context Rules. XML-Based Rules Model. Rule Ordering. Semantic Interoperability Document. Output Constraints. References. Disclaimer. Contact Information. Appendix A. Examples.

11. Catalogue of Context Drivers v 1.04.

Table of Contents. Status of this Document. ebXML Participants. Introduction. Context Classifications. Registry Support for Taxonomies. Context-controlled Core Component Metamodel. Disclaimer. Contact Information.


Status of this Document. Category Type: CCT. Category Type: Basic. Category Type: Basic. Category Type: Basic. Category Type: Basic. Category Type: Basic. Category Type: Basic. Category Type: Basic. Category Type: Aggregate.


Core Components Structure.


Table of Contents. Status of this Document. ebXML Participants. Executive Overview. Introduction. Design Objectives. ebXML Risks. ebXML Security Overview. ebXML Business Process Specification Layer. Trading Partner Information. Registry and Repository. Messaging Service Functionality. Conformance. Future Requirements. Additional Requirements and Recommendations. References. Disclaimer. Contact Information. Appendix A. Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) ebXML Use Case. Appendix B. Packaging Profiles. Appendix C. Sample Certificate Policy Element. Appendix D. Registry Sample.



Status of this Document. Business Process and Information Analysis Methodology and Meta-model. Changes to TA Section 8.2.


Status of this Document. ebXML Participants. Introduction. Registering a Reg/Rep in UDDI. Finding a Reg/Rep Using UDDI. Ongoing Considerations.


Table of Contents. Status of this Document. ebXML Participants. Abstract. Business Problem(s). Requirements. ebXML Registry Security. Issues and Ideas.

Appendix A. GLOSSARY V1.0.

Table of Contents. Status of this Document. ebXML Participants. ebXML Group and Specification/Document Names. Glossary.



You hold in your hands the richest source of supplemental Electronic Business Extensible Markup Language (ebXML) technical information on the planet. Taken directly from the sources of ebXML activity, the technical reports and white papers that unfold in the pages of this book are official ebXML documents produced through a joint initiative between the United Nations Centre For Trade Facilitation And Electronic Business (UN/CEFACT) and Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS).

UN/CEFACT and OASIS started the ebXML initiative in the fall of 1999 with a mission to "provide an open XML-based infrastructure enabling the global use of electronic business information in an interoperable, secure and consistent manner by all parties." A key collection of the resulting documents created by this unprecedented initiative is in this book.

A direct complement to the official ebXML: The Technical Specifications (0-13-034798-1), produced by UN/CEFACT and OASIS and published by Prentice Hall PTR as part of the Internet and World Wide Web Specifications series, ebXML: The Technical Reports contains a wealth of information I believe you'll find vital to the success of your ebXML development efforts.

The material you'll find in this book fall into two distinct categories: technical reports and white papers. The Technical Reports part of this book contains guidelines for you to follow as you interpret and implement the ebXML technical specifications, as well as catalogs of foundational material based on the ebXML technical specifications and related reports. The White Papers part of this book provides you with an overview of ongoing work within the ebXML project teams. The following Introduction provides a brief overview of each section of this book and the chapters it contains.

In the preface to ebXML: The Technical Specifications, I wrote that ebXML is a landmark of technological evolution rooted in XML and based on open standards (such as HTTP, TCP/IP, MIME, and other open and public standards) that promises to spark a revolution in electronic business. As a set of related specifications developed by more than 75 companies spanning the globe, ebXML was designed specifically for business in the Internet age. By enabling entirely digital business transactions that are modular, transport-independent, and loosely coupled by design, ebXML effectively brings Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) to the Internet and World Wide Web.

If you already own ebXML: The Technical Specifications, you might recall from that book that more than 2000 individuals from over 30 countries ultimately contributed to ebXML 1.0. This massive worldwide collaboration was undertaken to ensure that the standard solved the fundamental business requirements established by a wide range of participants. Although it is possible to run EDI over public networks, doing so is typically off-limits to many small and medium-sized businesses because of the high cost associated with implementation, infrastructure, and support. ebXML, on the other hand, was designed from the onset to run over public networks using open and publicly available standards, making ebXML a viable and cost-effective solution for small, medium, and large companies. Consequently, ebXML deployment costs are expected to be minimal as compared to EDI and proprietary electronic business framework alternatives.

ebXML is new when compared to the venerable EDI practices that have been around for nearly three decades, yet ebXML is already proving itself in the marketplace. As this book went to press, a variety of companies had embraced ebXML as a solution for business-to-business (B2B) electronic commerce, and many more were poised to jump headfirst into the swelling ebXML pool.

The technical reports and white papers in this book are a natural complement to ebXML: The Technical Specifications, which, when taken together, are the master keys to unlocking the future of global electronic business.


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