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12 September 2001

Integration and Standards - Key Success Factors in E-business

Systems integrators are playing a key role in B2B projects, according to a report recently published by Frost and Sullivan. The survey, European End-Users e-Commerce Markets, identifies the relationship between the systems integrator and third-party software vendors as crucial.

Crucial also to the success of e-business projects is the adoption of standards to ease the integration problem. The issue of standards in e-business will get an airing at the e-2001 conference, which is to be held in Venice, October 17-19.

Extensible Markup Language (XML) is one of the important integration topics addressed by conference speakers. XML brings structure to the Internet and is particularly useful for user interfaces and for making assertions and assumptions about the meaning and relevance of data. The use of XML for content management, structuring knowledge and for application in remote control of public kiosk systems will be discussed at the conference.

Julian Johnson of BAE Systems in the UK will also be talking about the role of the emerging Application Protocol AP-233 as an essential enabler to e-business and e-work. AP-233 is part of the STEP (Standard for Exchanging Product Model Data) standard. STEP has been under development for some years now. Initially driven by concerns to reduce the costs associated with data transfers between different and often incompatible computer-aided design systems, the driving force behind STEP is now much more strategic. STEP is seen as one way of improving product data management and communications within and across enterprise boundaries.

e2001 is the conference for RTD projects in Key Action II of the IST programme, who are also the primary sponsors of e-2001. Major sponsors are Telecom Italia, Canon and InfoCamere.


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