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Web Development Briefs: MSI, Caldera, ebXML

Web Development Briefs: MSI, Caldera, ebXML

MSI leads XML committee

Sydney-based MSI Business Solutions has begun working with the international standards consortium OASIS (Organisation for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards) to chair a committee defining standards for customer information management.

MSI approached OASIS to establish a committee to develop the standards, and the international body has since decided to set up the Customer Information Quality (CIQ) Technical Committee. Chaired by MSI, the committee will use MSI's internal standards to create application-independent, vendor-neutral XML standards for the management and exchange of customer information.

The two standards involved include a name and address markup language (NAML), which defines customer name and address data in XML, and customer identity markup language (CIML), which defines customer-centric data other than name and address data.

Caldera goes shopping

Linux vendor Caldera has completed its acquisition of fellow vendor SCO, and has moved on to a new acquisition target to broaden its product portfolio.

Caldera has acquired a Linux management product from Acyris named WhatifLinux. This technology provides systems administrators with Internet-enabled management tools for their Linux systems.

As a result of the acquisition, Caldera will integrate the tools in order to Web enable its own Linux management software, Caldera Volution, which will be re-branded as Volution Online. This new product will monitor all the software assets on Linux systems and deliver system administrator support alerts such as security alerts, software updates and bug fixes.ebXML specs approvedThe groups sponsoring the ebXML (electronic business extensible markup language) initiative have announced that over 200 IT organisations, end-user companies and software vendors have voted to approve a suite of ebXML specifications developed and tested over the past 18 months.

The announcement was made by The Organisation for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS) and the United Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business (UNCEFACT), which have been facilitating the development of the standards since late 1999.ebXML is a modular suite of specifications designed to enable companies of any size, and in any country, to conduct business over the Internet through the exchange of XML-based messages. It is aimed at facilitating global trade by enabling XML to be used in a consistent manner to exchange business data electronically. See www.ebxml.org


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