ebXML Introduction - ebXML

What is ebXML Introduction?

A business predictably interacts with each other in multiple ways. Until recent years, many large companies used to communicate automatically through Electronic Data Interchange (EDI), which permit two companies to communicate using predetermined signals.
The trouble with EDI is that it is very costly and initially it was created for the mainframe world. Now ebXML is substituting EDI.


ebXML stands for Electronic Business Extensible Markup Language. It is a global standard for electronic business that enables anyone, anywhere to do business transactions with anyone over the Internet.


The features of ebXML are as below:
  • ebXML is an end-to-end B2B XML framework.
  • ebXML is a set of specifications that enable a modular framework.
  • ebXML relies on the Internet's existing standards such as HTTP, TCP/IP, MIME, SMTP, FTP, UML, and XML.
  • ebXML can be implemented and deployed on virtually any computing platform.
  • ebXML provides concrete specifications to enable dynamic B2B collaborations.

ebXML Vision

ebXML is designed to make a global electronic market place where enterprises of any size, anywhere can:
  • find each other electronically.
  • conduct business -
    • ousing exchange of XML messages.
    • oaccording to standard business process sequences.
    • owith clear business semantics.
    • ousing off-the-shelf purchased business applications.
    • according to mutually agreed trading partner protocol agreements.

Why ebXML?

Existing B2B Frameworks are not adequate:

  • EDI and RosettaNet are too heavy-weight and too rigid.
  • BizTalk is proprietary, single-vendor, and single-platform.

Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP); Web Service Definition Language (WSDL); and Universal Description, Discovery, and Integration (UDDI) alone are not adequate:

  • WSDL does not address business collaboration.
  • SOAP in its basic form does not provide secure and reliable message delivery.
  • UDDI does not provide repository capability for business objects.
There is a growing requirement to standardize business collaborations to address the Subsequent:
  • Business processes
  • The parties involved in business collaboration and their roles
  • Exchanging XML documents in the business collaborations
  • Security, reliability, quality of service requirements of business collaboration
All these needs are addressed by ebXML.

ebXML Founding Organizations

ebXML is a joint initiative by UN/CEFACT and OASIS.


  • It stands for United Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business.
  • It maintains the UN/EDIFACT standards for Electronic Data Interchange (EDI).


  • It stands for Organization for Advancement of Structured Information Standards.
  • It creates and maintains XML interoperability specifications, broad industry support.

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