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DESIGNING AN IMPLEMENTATION FRAMEWORK OF E-BUSINESS USING EBXMAL STANDARD

 

TITLE DESIGNING AN IMPLEMENTATION FRAMEWORK OF E-BUSINESS USING EBXMAL STANDARD
AUTHOR AMARAT SAWATTHAWEEKUL
DEGREE MASTER OF SCIENCE PROGRAMME IN COMPUTER SCIENCE
FACULTY FACULTY OF SCIENCE
ADVISOR JARERNSRI L. MITRPANONT
CO-ADVISOR THANWADEE SUNETNANTA
 
ABSTRACT
Currently, many organizations are developing their electronic business systems. The XML (eXtension Markup Language) is a major markup language which is used worldwide to describe business documents in a structured format, but many organizations use XML and implement their e-business systems in different ways. However, there is ongoing work on ebXML (Electronic Business using eXtensible Markup Language), which is an international standard initiated by OASIS and UN/CEFACT for conducting electronic business by exchanging e-business documents via Internet in the form of XML documents. At the moment, many organizations are interested in implementing ebXML with their e-business systems; however, the implementation of the system is slow. From this study, it was found that the biggest obstacle is technology complexity. Therefore, this research developed an implementation framework including methodology and tool guidelines for implementing e-business by applying ebXML standard. These guidelines help implementers start implementing their system more easily. There are two major components of ebXML applied to the framework. The first one is the ebXML Repository and Registry, which is a component focusing on storage and how to access business data. The second is the ebXML Collaborative Partner Profile (CPP), which is a component focusing on how we can represent the company profile effectively in standard XML format. With this study’s framework, it provides ebXML standard registry for every organization to store and access its data in the same way, so there is no need to implement several applications to support the different repositories. Moreover, the organizations do not have to create their own XML vocabularies, since this framework prepares the UBL (Universal Business Language) international standard vocabularies instead. This allows all the organizations to talk in the same language. In addition, the framework provides tools for creating the company profile in CPP format as well. There are several components applied to the framework; for example, the ebxmlrr is applied as the Registry and Repository; the RosettaNet is applied as the business processes; and the ebCPP Editor is applied as the tool for creating a company profile in a CPP format. The web-based application was developed to evaluate the experiment results. The application is used to create, update, and search company profiles. In addition, the web application also provides the tools for performing the text-to-XML and XML-totext transformation for business documents. The evaluation of the experimental results indicates that it is feasible to apply the proposed framework to
implement e-business systems. Moreover, the lesson learned from the experiment, which narrates pros and cons of the tools used in implementation, is also concluded. This lesson is useful and helps implementers decide whether the tools are suitable for their implementation.
KEYWORD EBXML / E-BUSINESS / REGISTRY / EBXMLRR / CPP / UBL

 

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