ebXML-Based Electronic Business Interoperability Framework and Test Platform

ebXML-Based Electronic Business Interoperability Framework and Test Platform

Peng Liang (State Key Lab of Software Engineering (SKLSE), Wuhan University, China), Keqing He (State Key Lab of Software Engineering (SKLSE), Wuhan University, China), Bing Li (State Key Lab of Software Engineering (SKLSE), Wuhan University, China), Zaiwen Feng (State Key Lab of Software Engineering (SKLSE), Wuhan University, China), Tao Peng (State Key Lab of Software Engineering (SKLSE), Wuhan University, China), Shuai Chen (State Key Lab of Software Engineering (SKLSE), Wuhan University, China), Yu’e Pan (State Key Lab of Software Engineering (SKLSE), Wuhan University, China), Wei Qing (State Key Lab of Software Engineering (SKLSE), Wuhan University, China) and Dan Song (State Key Lab of Software Engineering (SKLSE), Wuhan University, China)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60960-485-1.ch018

Abstract

Electronic Business (e-business) system is a typical heterogeneous information system, which is concerned with various data types, communication protocols, business processes, and exchanged business contents between these systems. The interoperability assurance between e-business systems is a key issue for the implementation and application of a seamless e-business environment around the world. The ebXML (e-business XML) initiative is one of the most promising standards in the field of e-business, whose mission is to provide an open, XML-based infrastructure to enable the global use of e-business information in an interoperable, secure, and consistent manner by all trading partners, targeting to the B2B market. The ebXML specification itself can not guarantee the interoperability between various ebXML-based B2B implementations since different organizations may understand and implement ebXML specification in a different way. With more and more e-business systems supporting ebXML, the interoperability assurance among them becomes even challenging. This chapter focuses on how to address the interoperability issues in ebXML-based solutions, and how to achieve the interoperability assurance through testing in a cost-effective way. This chapter proposes a two part solution to address these issues: an interoperability framework for ebXML-based e-business solutions, and a platform for automatic interoperability test. The benefit of this approach is that it provides both a conceptual interoperability framework and interoperability test infrastructure for ebXML-based B2B solutions. This allows industrial organizations to introduce the ebXML-based interoperability framework out of the box, with a readily-used interoperability test infrastructure to be incorporated to their own test tools and environment.
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2. Ebxml Background

Electronic Business using eXtensible Markup Language, commonly known as e-business XML (ebXML), is a family of XML-based standards sponsored by OASIS and UN/CEFACT whose mission is to provide an open, XML-based infrastructure that enables the global use of e-business information in an interoperable, secure, and consistent manner by all trading partners.

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