March 7-9, 2001, Moscone Convention Center, San Francisco

March 7-9, 2001, Moscone Convention Center, San Francisco

Alexandria, Va., February 14, 2001 - The 14th annual E-Business and Internet Conference & Exhibition, sponsored by the Data Interchange Standards Association (DISA), features a live demonstration of the emerging Electronic Business Extensible Markup Language (ebXML) specifications on March 8. This demonstration of ebXML is the first of its kind this year and shows a simulated supply chain, involving small-to-midsize companies, sending and receiving messages in standard formats.

The ebXML demo that takes place at the DISA show involves business content never before exchanged in any previous ebXML tests. The business content in the messages is based on specifications of the Papinet Consortium, an international paper and printing group developing business messages based on XML, and made available from the Graphic Communications Association.

Several companies take part in the ebXML demonstration including Extol Inc., Viquity Corp., and TIE Commerce. The demo, part of a larger session on ebXML (Thursday, March 8 at 8:30 am), features presentations by ebXML project team leaders Rachel Foerster and Rik Drummond, and is led by David Webber of XML Global Technologies.

In the demonstration, a small printing company orders paper for a print job, gets confirmation of the order from a local wholesaler, receives a ship notice when the shipment is dispatched, and then sends a receipt upon delivery. The wholesaler - using a pre-arranged inventory management scheme with a paper mill - gets its stock replaced and documented through another set of electronic messages. Most printing companies and paper wholesalers today cannot afford to use electronic business for inventory control, which ebXML can now make available.

The DISA conference also features a keynote address by Kevin Kail, President of XML Solutions, an Executive Forum of industry leaders, panel of top industry analysts, 64 concurrent track sessions featuring the latest developments and applications in business data exchange, and 10 pre-conference tutorials. The conference also features the presentation of the first Electronic Business Enterprise (EBE) Award and this year's Edward A. Guilbert Award. See http://www.disa.org/conference/annual_conf/index.htm for more details and online registration.

The ebXML initiative will soon complete work on a set of specifications that together enable a modular electronic business framework where enterprises of any size and in any geographical location can meet and conduct business with each other through the exchange of XML-based messages. EbXML is a joint initiative of the United Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business (UN/CEFACT) and Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS), developed with global participation for global usage.

DISA, the accredited standards community for e-business, is home for the development of cross-industry e-business standards that provide the foundation enabling individuals and organizations to participate in global e-business. Driving an array of e-business initiatives, DISA provides technical and administrative support to its Affiliates who include:

-Accredited Standards Committee X12

-OpenTravel Alliance

-Interactive Financial eXchange Forum

-Hotel Electronic Distribution Network Association

-Mortgage Industry Standards Maintenance Organization

-Open Philanthropy eXchange

-XML/EDI Group

-United Nations/Electronic Data Interchange for Administration, Commerce and Transport

To learn more about DISA, visit www.disa.org or call +1 703-548-7005.