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Broadly speaking, ebXML (e-business XML) Messaging Service specification Version 2.0 is designed to provide a secure method for carrying out electronic transactions, according to the US-based standards body. The OASIS Web site defines the standard as addressing the "transport, routing and packaging of business transactions using standard Internet technologies".
The messaging spec joins two other ebXML specifications that have evolved into standards: ebXML Registry Service Version 2 and ebXML Registry Information Model Version 2.
Commerce One, Cyclone Commerce, eXcelon, Fujitsu, GE Global Exchange, IBM, Intel, Mercator Software, SAP, SeeBeyond, Sonic Software, Sterling Commerce, Sun Microsystems, Sybase and webMethods have contributed to the ebXML Messaging Service standard.
The specification is just one of many that standards bodies like OASIS and W3C, as well as industry organisations and vendors, are pushing to fuel the automated exchange of information over the Internet, according to Jon Derome, senior analyst for business-to-business commerce and applications at Yankee Group. "Standards are evolving now that go all the way from determining how my computer will talk to your computer to how my business will best define a process that we can share with your business," Derome said.