ebXML CPPA-ratified as OASIS open standard
- By John K. Waters
After more than two years of tugs and tweaks, the OASIS interoperability
standards consortium last week ratified the ebXML Collaboration Protocol Profile
and Agreement as an OASIS open standard. ebXML CPPA Version 2.0 defines the
technical rights of business partners and provides a record of agreements
between partners, enabling organizations to conduct secure business-to-business
''ebXML CPPA ensures interoperability between two parties, even organizations
that use software from different sources'' said Dale Moberg, chairman of the
ebXML technical committee. ''The CPP defines a party's message-exchange
capabilities and the business collaborations it supports.''
The OASIS open standard also facilitates the migration of both traditional
EDI-based applications and other legacy applications to ebXML-based platforms,
The Electronic Business Extensible Markup Language (ebXML) is a set of
specifications that together enable a modular electronic business framework.
Based on the work of the United Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and
Electronic Business (UN/CEFACT), ebXML provides descriptors for modeling
business processes that includes the definition of software components.
The ebXML CPP committee was created in June 2001. Since OASIS began its work,
several pieces of ebXML have been ratified, including the ebXML Registry
Services Specification and ebXML Messaging Service Specification 2.0.
OASIS (Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards)
is a not-for-profit consortium charged with creating worldwide standards for
security, Web services, XML conformance, business transactions, electronic
publishing, topic maps, and interoperability within and between marketplaces.
The group defines itself as a driver of ''the development, convergence, and
adoption of e-business standards.'' OASIS members set the group's technical
agenda using a lightweight, open process designed to 'promote industry consensus
and unite disparate efforts.'
High-tech analyst Joanne Friedman, vice president at Meta Group, applauded
the ratification, calling ebXML CPPA ''technically proficient.''
Friedman added that ''ebXML CPPA will foster global collaborative e-business
growth by removing barriers to entry and eliminating the high cost and
complexity of trading partner on-boarding. [The ratification is] valuable to any
organization focused on adopting standards.''
OASIS and UN/CEFACT are the direct sponsors of ebXML, but its development is
supported by a number of technology, industrial, shipping, banking and other
general-interest companies. Several standards bodies also have an interest in
ebXML, including NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) and W3C
(World Wide Web Consortium).
ebXML CPPA was developed by Commerce One, Cyclone Commerce, E2open,
Hewlett-Packard Company, IBM, Intel, Iona, Mercator, SAP, SeeBeyond, Sterling
Commerce, Sun Microsystems, Sybase, Tibco, Vitria, webMethods and other members
of the OASIS ebXML Collaboration Protocol Profile and Agreement Technical
The committee is still working on the CPPs, as well as the Collaboration
Protocol Agreements (CPAs). A CPA documents the technical agreement between two
(or more) partners to engage in electronic business collaboration. The committee
is developing enhancements to the Version 1.0 specs, which will result in at
least one 'substantive' new version.
For more information, click on http://www.oasis-open.org.
John K. Waters is a freelance writer based in Silicon Valley. He can be reached