The Universal Description, Discovery and Integration (UDDI) project, the heralded XML-based database backed by IBM, Microsoft and Ariba that is designed to stimulate business-to-business (B2B) e-commerce, has formally entered beta testing.
Officials also announced recently that 94 new members have joined the project since its debut two months ago, bringing the number of companies backing the effort to 130.
The idea behind the UDDI Business Registry is that developers can list a product or service on it as a more efficient way to either form new development relationships or make existing ones more efficient.
Companies can register not only their basic corporate information, but indicate their preferred means of conducting e-commerce transactions. Using the registry's search capabilities, developers can quickly find prospective partners that best match their business and development interests and goals.
The registry is a platform-neutral implementation of the UDDI specification that was formally announced last month.
Currently, the registry is being shared by IBM, Microsoft and Ariba, with each company responsible for operating a server that interoperates with those of the other two. This ensures that information listed on one server is shared across the servers.