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Hermes ebMS Wins Hong Kong IT Award

Hong Kong SAR, Peoples Republic of China - The Center for E-Commerce Infrastructure Development (CECID) at University of Hong Kong (HKU) announced that its open source ebXML business-to-business (B2B) Messaging Server, Hermes, has been awarded the Certificate of Merit at the 6th IT Excellence Awards for small and medium-sized enterprises.

Organized by the Hong Kong Computer Society (HKCS), the IT Excellence Awards is an awards program that CECID says has been recognized as one of the most prestigious events in the local IT industry. This year is the sixth anniversary of the IT Excellence Awards, and HKCS has received 80 entries, the largest number ever since the award was established.

CECID says Hermes is an electronic document exchanging server based on the ebXML Messaging Service v 2.0. The product provides a standardized, reliable, and secure infrastructure for enterprises to exchange business data traditionally provided by EDI (electronic data interchange) but on the Internet and at a low cost affordable by small and medium enterprises.

Hermes is donated to the ebXML development community, ( and released under the Academic Free License. Since its release in September 2002, Hermes has recorded 6,000+ downloads from over 80 countries, and it is certified by the ebXML Asia Committee for its interoperability in connectivity, reliability and security.

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OASIS Adoption Forum to feature ebXML in government

4 September 2004 - The e-business standards organization OASIS will feature two current uses of ebXML in government at an upcoming seminar on 6 October in Brussels, Belgium.

Ulf Persson, a senior product manager at Axway Asia-Pacific, will present the results of a project implementing a North Asian Government Trading Community. Persson plans to highlight the broader business and operational context in using an ebXML messaging framework within a government-to-business trading community.

Paul Spencer, Director of Boynings Consulting Ltd., will describe a pilot project undertaken by the OASIS e-Government technical committee to demonstrate how the ebXML Registry OASIS Standard can be used for schema management.

The event takes place at Crowne Plaza Brussels City Centre in Brussels, following OASIS technical committee meetings on 4-5 October.

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Drummond Group to test ebXML messaging profiles for automotive, health care industries

31 August 2004 - Drummond Group Inc. (DGI) announced that its fourth ebMS interoperability test round beginning on 20 September will include data compression as recommended in the Standards for Technology in Automotive Retail transport guidelines used in the IT infrastructure for automotive dealers, manufacturers and retail systems providers.

ebMS is the messaging layer of the larger ebXML framework for secure messaging, and can be deployed as part of a Web services architecture or as part of the larger ebXML framework. Drummond Group says ebMS software solutions help the automotive industry's efforts to improve operational efficiencies for their customers and trading partners by providing multiple software solutions with different features at an array of price points.

The company says ebMS tests in the health care sector will include profiles for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC's) Public Health Information Network Messaging System (PHIN MS) guidelines for client authentication. And, message payload features recommended by Health Level 7 (HL7) will be included for the global health-care industry.

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Softshare Delta and ECS Add Support for ebXML, Web Services

16 August 2004 -- Softshare Inc., a provider of e-commerce products and services, announced the availability of its 4.0 suite of e-commerce software. Softshare Delta 4.0 and Softshare ECS 4.0, when run in tandem, support Web services and XML business frameworks such as ebXML and RosettaNet.

According to the company, ECS acts as the communications platform for Web services, and Softshare Delta is the content data translation tool. Because most Web service requests and responses are written in XML, the 4.0 version of Delta is extensible to recognize and translate SOAP or any other business framework a company may use to govern the XML data it is exchanging.

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