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BIZCOOL - Business to business interaction with Web Services and ebXML
For further information please contact:

Uwe Herzog
Programme Manager
Wieblinger Weg 19/4
69123 Heidelberg, Germany

Project Information
What is this Project about?

As the Internet becomes more and more an international marketplace, internationally accepted standards for the exchange of business-related information get more important. With its background in the EDI field, ebXML is the most promising candidate standard to be used in the B2B business. Adoption of ebXML will, in the first step, allow businesses to describe themselves and to find information about potential business partners in an automated manner. With such descriptions (the so-called Collaboration Protocol Profiles, CPPs), describing businesses and their accepted business processes, one will be able to arrive at agreements about business transactions to perform and the ways in which they are to be performed (so-called Collaboration Protocol Agreements, CPAs). In future scenarios, this negotiation of terms might then be automated, too.

Small and medium sized enterprises (SME) need to set up tight cooperation’s with strategic partners in order to keep competitiveness. Thus, it is crucial for them not only to find the right partners for doing business but also to integrate their IT-Systems in building up an integration platform and in aligning their business processes. Furthermore these partnerships can change frequently depending on the market position. SMEs would also need to be provided with easy B2B integration services.

Among the services which will be offered to SMEs the most notable will be those supporting the search for suitable partners, the possibility to publish one’s own services to other potential partners, negotiation of cooperation agreements, the definition of interface processes and the connectivity to the corresponding IT-infrastructures over a B2B-Broker. Also, such a broker can help in optimizing business processes and finding potential for saving costs and efforts.
In order to be successful, the services offered by such an advanced B2B-Broker need to be economically feasible. Therefore, this project not only aims at demonstrating the proof of concept of an advanced B2B-broker in a trial section, but will also yield towards developing relevant and assessed B2B integration scenarios and business models.

What are the main objectives of this Project?

  • Examine XML-based business process frameworks such as ebXML in order to model, register, configure and instantiate business processes as well as partner´s agreements
  • Co-develop an implementation of the ebXML family of standards
  • Develop an advanced B2B-Broker service based on a messaging engine and on a general business process framework such as ebXML
  • Set up a prototype using this implementation
  • Set up and operate example services from today’s Telco business based on the prototype
  • Monitor and, if needed, influence the development of the ebXML standard
  • Interfacing AAA standards, and other prototypical implementations
  • Feed back any knowledge gained by the experience from the previously mentioned points into the standardization bodies
  • Examine business models for running such a B2B-Broker service

What are the key results for this Project?

  • A ready-to-use reference implementation of the ebXML standard for the conduction of dynamic business processes for Telcos
  • This implementation will yield a component-based tool box, usable to implement ebXML conformant services built around a core system and additional service specific components
  • An assessment if a B2B-Broker is technically able for an automatic B2B integration.
  • Innovation of current schemas for dynamic, user-initiated inter-carrier business as content-delivery and internet roaming, supporting single sign-on and authentication features lacking in today’s service definitions
  • Increased efficiency and cost reduction for future network services operated by Telcos
  • A proof of concept via a running demonstrator
  • A comparison of different business models suitable for cross-business integration.

What relationship exists to other organisations or bodies?

Respective standisation bodies e.g. OASIS, W3C will be monitored to adjust the projects work. Results of the projected may be fed into the standardisation process where suitable.


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