Until not so long ago, electronic business was typically characterised by one-to-one relations—a customer doing business with a vendor. A big vendor would have business relations with a large number of customers, but these were all still individual one-to-one relations. This classic B2B environment may be characterised by longstanding relations, quite frequently between a powerful customer and smaller suppliers. Here, the distribution of benefits was typically fairly uneven, with the big players reaping most of the benefits. Moreover, they would typically require their business partners to use a specific technology, which would suit their needs, but in many cases would be unsuitable for the small suppliers. As a result, there was not such a big need for standardised systems, because the standards were (implicitly) set by the big players for their respective networks anyway.