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Subject: ebXML Business Process Specification Advances Within OASIS

ebXML Business Process Specification Advances Within OASIS

Fujitsu, Sterling Commerce, Cyclone Commerce, Sun Microsystems and
Others Support Expanded ebXML Work at OASIS

Boston, MA, USA; 20 October 2003 -- Developers of the ebXML Business
Process Specification Schema (BPSS) have decided to advance their work
under the technical process of the OASIS international standards
consortium. The newly formed OASIS ebXML Business Process (BP) Technical
Committee will further define the royalty-free ebXML BPSS model for
binary and multiparty business collaborations both within and between
enterprises. ebXML BP will support the exchange of standards-based
business process definitions, such as those developed by
industry-specific organizations, enabling standard, interoperable
process configurations that effectively meet business collaboration
requirements for analysis, design, and production use.

ebXML BP is part of the modular suite of specifications that enable
enterprises of any size, in any global region to conduct business using
the Internet. ebXML comprises open, royalty-free standards for business
process collaboration, core data components, collaboration protocol
agreements, messaging, and registries and repositories. ebXML
implementers span the globe and include General Motors, the US Center
for Disease Control, the Pan Asia e-Trade Alliance, and TransCanada
Pipelines. RosettaNet has formally adopted ebXML BPSS as a mechanism for
expressing business collaborations involving RosettaNet PIPsŪ, and
government agencies around the world recommend the use of ebXML.

"ebXML is the only framework that is at the same time generic and
flexible and can be used for inter-administrations relations," concluded
the European Commission's Interchange of Data between Administrations
(IDA) in its study, "Business to Business Frameworks for IDA Networks."
"Moreover, ebXML is clearly the only trend for organised business
communities. The general recommendation is to follow ebXML standards as
much as possible."

"ebXML BP will enable legally enforceable, easily manageable, and fully
traceable collaborations," said Dale Moberg of Cyclone Commerce,
convenor and proposed co-chair of the OASIS ebXML BP Technical
Committee. "Industry standards organizations will be able to use ebXML
BP schemas and formats to specify business process definitions for their
own collaboration communities."

The OASIS ebXML BP TC will base its work on ebXML BPSS version 1.01
(http://www.ebxml.org/specs/index.htm), jointly developed by OASIS and
the United Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business
(CEFACT) and on derivative work expected to be donated by a range of

"We're excited to continue this work within the OASIS technical
process," noted Monica J. Martin of Sun Microsystems, proposed co-chair
of the OASIS ebXML BP Technical Committee. "OASIS provides an
environment for us to adhere to the ebXML principles of a loosely
coupled, highly aligned specification set, while enabling support for
other emerging Web service technologies, OASIS specifications, and
products from industry standards organizations."

The OASIS ebXML BP Technical Committee plans to collaborate with other
relevant OASIS committees, such as those developing the Web Services
Business Process Execution Language (WSBPEL), the ebXML Message Service
Standard, the ebXML Collaboration Protocol Profile and Agreement (CPP/A)
Standard and the OASIS e-Government Technical Committee. Members of the
new committee will also work to align with relevant efforts of other
organizations, such as the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Service
Architecture Working Group and Web Services Choreography Working Group,
RosettaNet, the Open Applications Group Inc. (OAGI), and CEFACT.

OASIS ebXML BP Technical Committee members include Cyclone Commerce,
Fujitsu, Sterling Commerce, Sun Microsystems, and others. Participation
remains open to all organizations and individuals, and OASIS will host a
mail list for public comment.

"We encourage business analysts, enterprise developers, and business
process users to become actively involved in this work," said Karl Best,
vice president of OASIS. "Trade groups, industry standards bodies, and
end-users are welcome to contribute feature requests to make the
sequencing constructs valuable for their specialized business needs and
issues. Technology vendors wishing to contribute to ebXML BP under
royalty-free terms also are urged to join."

Industry Support for ebXML BP

"Sterling Commerce is proud to continue its involvement with business
processes standards under the new OASIS ebXML BP Technical Committee.
Sterling believes strongly in the importance of business process
standards and has been a leader in
supporting  business process languages, such as ebXML Business Process
Specification Schema, in its products," said Neelakantan Kartha, Ph.D,
Senior Software Architect, Standards and Strategic Technology, Sterling

"Sun supports ebXML and its continued development at OASIS as an answer
to customer demand for a simple framework for conducting electronic
business using cheap, widely deployed and dependable technologies,"
noted Mark Bauhaus, VP, Java Web Services, Sun Microsystems. "The ebXML
framework is not a vision: it is a reality, a solution available and in
deployment today. We believe the ebXML BP work at OASIS will enable
continued delivery on ebXML's promise of an interoperable suite of
modular specifications that are useful today, while incorporating new
technology developments -- such as Web services -- as appropriate to
keep ebXML useful for the long-term future."

About ebXML
ebXML (Electronic Business using eXtensible Markup Language) was
initiated in 1999 as a joint effort of OASIS and CEFACT. Since the
publication of the full suite in 2001, customer deployments and vendor
adoption of ebXML have grown worldwide, along with open source projects.
To date, four ebXML specifications have been ratified as OASIS
Standards.  http://www.ebxml.org

OASIS (Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information
Standards) is a not-for-profit, global consortium that drives the
development, convergence, and adoption of e-business standards. Members
themselves set the OASIS technical agenda, using a lightweight, open
process expressly designed to promote industry consensus and unite
disparate efforts. OASIS produces worldwide standards for security, Web
services, conformance, business transactions, electronic publishing,
topic maps and interoperability within and between marketplaces. Founded
in 1993, OASIS has more than 2,000 participants representing over 600
organizations and individual members in 100 countries.

Additional information:

OASIS ebXML BP Technical Committee

Cover Pages Technology Report:
Standards for Business Process Modeling, Collaboration, and Choreography

European Commission's Interchange of Data between Administrations Study:
"Business to Business Frameworks for IDA Networks"

Press contact:

Carol Geyer
Director of Communications
OASIS (www.oasis-open.org)
+1.978.667.5115 x209

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