Drummond Certified(TM) Program Announces Six Software Products Certified for Global ebXML Interoperability

Drummond Group Inc. (DGI), the leading B2B interoperability certification company, today announced that six software products from six companies successfully completed the Drummond Certified program’s ebMS (ebXML Message Service)-4Q07 interoperability testing.

Companies demonstrating interoperability among their products in the ebMS-4Q07 test round included Axway, Cleo Communications, Generix Group, IBM, Inovis, and TIBCO Software Inc.

ebMS is the messaging layer of the ebXML framework. This test included a new optional test that validated using the DSA with SHA-1 algorithm for digitally signing ebMS messages over both HTTP and HTTPS. In previous testing rounds only the RSA with SHA1 algorithm had been tested. ebMS continues to grow in global adoption and current industries include automotive, financial services, government and healthcare.

For specific ebMS-4Q07 test results on the software that was Drummond Certified and the final report that lists test details and features, please visit: http://www.drummondgroup.com/html-v2/ebXML-companies.html.

About Drummond Group Inc.

Drummond Group Inc. (DGI), a global leader in B2B software testing and certification, works with software vendors, industry associations, supply chains and the standards community by conducting interoperability and conformance testing on open standards, publishing related strategic research and developing vertical industry strategies. Founded in 1999, DGI has tested hundreds of international software products used in vertical industries such as automotive, consumer product goods, financial services, government, petroleum, pharmaceutical and retail. For more information, please visit www.drummondgroup.com or email: info@drummondgroup.com.

ebXML: Bringing SOA to small enterprises

1st November 2007, By CBR Staff Writer

At the recent Butler Group and OASIS conference on SOA standards
and their impact on the public sector, one speaker described the
Japanese government’s initiative to use SOA to boost the number of
small- and medium-sized enterprises that conduct direct B2B e-commerce.
This initiative may prove an example of good foresight, and could help
give Japanese small businesses an edge over foreign rivals.

…As part of the initiative, work has been done on extending ebXML to
support ‘pull’ messaging. In this variation, messages for a recipient
will be stored until the receiving organization issues requests to
retrieve them. In this way, small- to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)
that cannot justify the cost of running a full high-availability, 24/7
IT operation can create a far simpler IT infrastructure. Messages can
be downloaded asynchronously at a time to suit the recipient. This
extension to ebXML has now been approved by OASIS and formalized as
ebXML 3.0 in October 2007.

Members Approve ebXML Messaging Services 3.0 as OASIS Standard

Axway Software, Fujitsu, NEC, Sun Microsystems, U.S. Centers for Disease Control, and Others Collaborate on New Version of Global Standard for Exchanging Business Messages over the Internet

Boston, MA, USA; 16 October 2007 – OASIS, the international open standards consortium, today announced that its members have approved ebXML Messaging Services (ebMS) version

3.0: Part 1, Core Features as an OASIS Standard, a status that signifies the highest level of ratification. ebMS 3.0 defines a Web services-based method for the reliable, secure exchange of business information. It is the latest addition to the ebXML family of specifications that was launched as a global initiative by OASIS and the United Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business (UN/CEFACT) and has been adopted worldwide.

“This specification is the first major revision of ebMS since version 2.0 was approved as an OASIS Standard in April 2002 – and subsequently as an ISO Standard in March 2004,” said Patrick Gannon, president and CEO of OASIS. “It ensures ebXML’s continuing relevancy and achieves compatibility with Web services specifications developed after ebMS 2.0, including SOAP 1.2 , as well as the WS-Security, WS-Reliability, and WS-ReliableMessaging OASIS Standards.”

“It has become critical for all partners – in particular small and medium size enterprises– of a supply chain to be able to handle differences in message flow capacity, intermittent connectivity, lack of static IP addresses, and firewall restrictions. ebMS 3.0 was designed to address all these requirements,” explained Ian Jones of British Telecommunications plc, chair of the OASIS ebMS Technical Committee. “We’ve succeeded in extending the existing enveloping technique that permits messages to contain payloads of any format type – not just XML, to a more flexible Web service framework. This versatility ensures legacy electronic business systems that use traditional syntaxes, such as EDI, ASC X12, or HL7, can leverage the advantages of the ebMS infrastructure along with systems based on emerging technologies.”

ebMS is designed to be used either with or without any of the other ebXML standards, including ebXML Business Process Specification Schema (BPSS) 2.0.4 and a forthcoming version of ebXML Collaboration Protocol Profile and Agreement (CPP/A). By design, ebMS 3.0 also fully supports composition with other SOAP-based Web services specifications.

ebMS was developed under the Royalty-Free on Limited Terms Mode of the OASIS Intellectual Property Rights Policy. Axway, Fujitsu Computer Systems, and NEC all verified successful use of ebMS 3.0, in accordance with eligibility requirements for all OASIS Standards.

The OASIS ebMS Technical Committee continues work on Part 2 of ebMS 3.0 that will provide functional extensions to the ebMS 3.0 Core. Participation in the Technical Committee remains open to all companies, non-profit groups, governments, academic institutions, and individuals. Archives of the work are accessible to both members and non-members, and OASIS offers a mechanism for public comment. OASIS hosts an XML.org Focus Area for ebXML, http://ebxml.xml.org, which serves as the official community gathering place and information resource for the standards.

Support for ebMS

Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG)
“AIAG supports ebMS 3.0 because it enables trading partners to pull for incoming messages, which is very beneficial for smaller companies that do not have static Internet IP addresses or do not want to keep their systems turned on all the time. The automotive industry has invested in ebXML and in Web services capabilities; ebMS 3.0 should facilitate interoperable data exchange using both transport mechanisms,” said Pat Snack, General Motors Executive Loan, AIAG.

“Many global communities use ebXML to reliably transport electronic business messages over the Internet. The ebXML version 3.0 standards process has mainly focused on improving the messaging standard by adding new features found in recent WS-* standards and allowing smaller customers to engage in ebXML business-quality messaging without needing a 24-by-7 Web server. We feel these enhancements will increase its adoption and are pleased to have participated in the endeavor,” said Dave Bennett, CTO at Axway.

“This new version of ebMS will address a broader array of users including SMEs with limited connectivity and little IT management resources. The adoption of Web services standards for security and reliability will facilitate implementations over existing platforms. We believe ebMS 3.0 will become an effective and versatile B2B complement to enterprise systems and SOA deployments,” said Yasushi Ishida, Exective Architect of Software Unit, Fujitsu Limited.

Health Level Seven (HL7)
“We have completed committee level balloting on a new release of the HL7 ebXML Transport Specification (normative track) which is based on ebMS 3.0 and expect to proceed to membership ballot in Jan 2008. ebMS 3.0 provides an excellent platform for all forms of health information content exchange including documents, SOA, and messages with the diversity of stakeholders in the health care community,” said Paul Knapp of Continovation Services Inc., HL7 Implementable Technology Specifications SIG Co-Chair.

Additional information:

OASIS ebMS Technical Committee


ebXML XML.org


About OASIS:

OASIS (Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards), drives the development, convergence, and adoption of open standards for the global information society. A not-for-profit consortium, OASIS advances standards for SOA, security, Web services, documents, e-commerce, government and law, localisation, supply chains, XML processing, and other areas of need identified by its members. OASIS open standards offer the potential to lower cost, stimulate innovation, grow global markets, and protect the right of free choice of technology. The consortium has more than 5,000 participants representing over 600 organizations and individual members in 100 countries. http://www.oasis-open.org

Press contact:

Carol Geyer
OASIS Director of Communications
+1.978.667.5115 x209 (office)
+1.941.284.0403 (mobile)

Philippines, Thailand ebXML, Web Service Pilot project tests Single Window for faster trade

Thailand has kicked off collaboration with the Philippines to launch a data-exchange pilot project under the Asean Single Window (ASW) initiative. The Customs departments of Thailand and the Philippines have tested the exchange of CEPT Form D and export declaration information through the national single windows of the two countries.

The Common Effective Preferential Tariff Scheme (CEPT) is a cooperative arrangement among Asean countries that aims to reduce intra-regional tariffs and remove non-tariff barriers.

OASIS ebXML Business Process (ebBP) v2.0.4 Standard Overview and Demonstration, Tuesday, June 5, 2007, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EDT

Monica Martin writes:

The OASIS ebBP Webinar went off successsfully 5 June 2007 [1]. If you were unable to attend or wish to listen to the MP3 replay, visit the OASIS webinar page:


I’ve also uploaded screen shots from the Source Forge freebxmlbp editor tool and posted at:


The brief also includes references to the health care profile using ebBP to be briefed to IEEE:


ebBP co-chair Dale Moberg is off to Europe to continue to work on synergy between ebBP and the emerging OMG Business Process Definition Metamodel work.

We continue to work with the financial services, eGovernment and even public testing domains with community interest in ebBP.

* Financial services starting example .zip (DRAFT):


* Starting map with BPDM-ebBP:


* To be used with BPDM work on model-driven.org (interaction protocols):


We’re also engaging with eGovernment entities in Denmark and more broadly in Europe (eInvoicing). We will keep you posted on our progress and encourage you to visit our public web site at:


Best regards and thanks to all those who attended the webinar (47). Thanks.


[1] Title: OASIS ebXML Business Process (ebBP) v2.0.4 Standard: Overview, role in eBusiness, and community interest and adoption. Discover the advantages of the ebXML Business Process Specification Schema (ebBP) v2.0.4 Standard from the OASIS Technical Committee and interested community parties. ebBP is a standard business process definition for business systems configured to support the execution of business collaborations between partners or collaborating parties. The ebBP TC invites you to attend an open webinar to learn more about ebBP and the importance of eBusiness collaboration using this standard business process definition in key marketplaces such as health care, financial services and eGovernment. Listen to experts and stakeholders talk about the value of and the benefit from ebBP.

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OASIS ebXML Collaboration Protocol Profile and Agreement (CPPA) Technical Committee v3.0 Standard Overview Thursday, 7 June 2007

Discover the advantages of the OASIS ebXML CPPA v2.0 and v3.0 from the people who are developing them. ebXML CPPA v 2.0 is already in use in several production communities that are using ebXML Message Service and ebXML Business Process, and will provide support for legacy protocols such as EDIINT, RosettaNet, and emerging SOAP based protocols ("web services"). Demonstration.

Speakers: Pim van der Eijk – OASIS European Representative
Dale Moberg – Axway Inc.
Sacha Schlegel

Space is limited. Reserve your Webinar seat now at: https://www.gotomeeting.com/register/606807672

ebXML (Electronic Business using eXtensible Markup Language), is a modular suite of specifications that enables enterprises of any size and in any geographical location to conduct business over the Internet. The week of ebXML webinars devoted to the ebXML standards…Monday through Thursday, 4-7 June, at 3:00PM GMT, a different ebXML standard will be featured…attend one or all…learn about the current state of the standards from the people who created them and who continue to advance this foundational work.

"Week of OASIS ebXML Webinars" timeframe:
3:00PM GMT, 12:00AM Tokyo, 8:00AM San Francisco, 11:00AM Boston, 4:00PM London.

OASIS ebXML Messaging Services (ebMS) TC v3.0 Standard Overview – Wednesday, 6 June 2007

The OASIS ebXML Message Service is one of the most widely used parts of the ebXML framework. The new 3.0 version leverages a number of key Web Services technologies, such as Web Service Security and Web Services Reliable Messaging, and provides innovative new features to support small and medium size organizations. Demonstration.

Wednesday, 6 June 2007
Speakers: Pim van der Eijk – OASIS European Representative
Jacques Durand – Fujitsu
Pete Wenzel – Sun Microsystems

Space is limited. Reserve your Webinar seat now at: https://www.gotomeeting.com/register/901808534

ebXML (Electronic Business using eXtensible Markup Language), is a modular suite of specifications that enables enterprises of any size and in any geographical location to conduct business over the Internet. The week of ebXML webinars devoted to the ebXML standards…Monday through Thursday, 4-7 June, at 3:00PM GMT, a different ebXML standard will be featured…attend one or all…learn about the current state of the standards from the people who created them and who continue to advance this foundational work.

"Week of OASIS ebXML Webinars" timeframe:
3:00PM GMT, 12:00AM Tokyo, 8:00AM San Francisco, 11:00AM Boston, 4:00PM London.