Business Process and Web Services for a B2B Exchange Platform

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Web services (WS) and Services Oriented Architecture (SOA) are actually in exponential evolution. They allow systems to communicate with each other using standard Internet technologies. Systems that have to communicate with other systems use communication protocols and the data formats that both systems understand. Such Web Services interest has coincided with the proliferation of XML, Java technology and Business-to-Business (B2B) commerce. The key attraction of Web Services comes from the business drivers of cost reduction and B2B integration. The B2B standards try to formalise the Business Collaboration (BC) based on documents exchange between partners. This collaboration is defined in some standards in a machine-readable format and in some others it is not. ebXML and RosettaNet specify such a collaboration. This paper compares business processes based on ebXML and RosettaNet with Web service technology. Then, it shows how these standards can be integrated in the same B2B developed architecture.
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E-commerce; B2B; ebXML; RosettaNet; Business Process; Web Services

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