|[February 15, 2013]
AS4 Profile of ebMS 3.0 Becomes OASIS Standard
BOSTON --(Business Wire)--
The OASIS international open standards consortium announced the approval
of version 1.0 of the Applicability Statement 4 (AS4) Profile of the
ebXML Messaging Services (ebMS) 3.0 standard. Based on "just-enough"
design principles, the Profile provides an open standard for the secure,
payload-agnostic exchange of purchase orders, invoices, and other
business-to-business documents using Web services. AS4 is now an
official OASIS Standard, a status that signifies the highest level of
"AS4 provides an on-ramp for using Web services as a transport to
exchange B2B messages," said Makesh Rao of Cisco Systems (News - Alert), co-chair of
the OASIS ebXML Messaging Services Technical Committee. "The Profile
makes it easier to implement ebMS 3 by constraining and paring down the
options for vendors, which lowers costs and increases interoperability."
AS4 is the modern successor of AS2 (IETF RFC 4130), a messaging protocol
widely adopted in retail and other industries. AS4 maps AS2-like
functional requirements onto the WS-* stack. AS4 uses Web Services
standards championed by OASIS including the WS-I Basic Profile.
"The main benefits of AS4 are compatibility with Web services standards,
message pulling capability, and a built-in Receipt mechanism," explained
Sander Fieten, who also co-chairs the OASIS ebXML Messaging Services
Technical Committee. "The Profile also expands ebMS 3 compression
functionality and support for very large messages."
AS4 is an important input to large scale international data exchange
initiatives, including XBRL in the superannuation industry in Australia,
cross-border e-government services in Europe, and the internal gas
market in Europe. AS4 is referenced in the OASIS Energy Interoperation
standard and the CEN CWA on traceability and sale of seafood products.
Axway, Cisco, Fujitsu (News - Alert), Flame Computing, and Sonnenglanz Consulting all
provided Statements of Use for AS4, as required by th OASIS process.
AS4 is offered for implementation on a royalty-free basis. Companies,
non-profit groups, governments, academic institutions, and individuals
are welcome to participate in the OASIS ebXML Messaging Services
Technical Committee. As with all OASIS projects, archives of the ebXML
Messaging Services Technical Committee's work are accessible to both
members and non-members, and OASIS hosts an open mail list for public
Support for AS4 Profile of ebMS 3.0
"The OASIS AS4 conformance profile extends Web service
technologies to fulfill the classic requirements for security,
auditability, and a pragmatic approach to alignment of business
interactions that were fulfilled by IETF EDIINT technology standards,
such as AS2. AS4 adds an ability to allow smaller organizations to
interact with larger ones by dropping off and picking up business data
from services operated by the larger organizations, a feature that has
been requested by many interaction communities. Our congratulations to
the Technical Committee and OASIS for producing this most useful
-- Dale Moberg, Chief Architect
"Fujitsu welcomes the release of the AS4 profile as
a pragmatic, robust and simple business-level messaging protocol.
Fujitsu has been a steady contributor to AS4, which has learned from
prior messaging initiatives - AS2, ebXML and Web Services - by taking
the best and most useful aspects of this foundation."
Uehara, Corporate Vice President
"TIBCO believes the simplicity of the new AS4 standard
will greatly enhance the adoption of Web services for B2B communications
and allow organizations to extend their use of SOA beyond their four
walls to include multi-enterprise integration."
Senior Director of Worldwide Marketing
OASIS ebXML Messaging Services
OASIS (Organization for the Advancement of
Structured Information Standards) is a not-for-profit, international
consortium that drives the development, convergence and adoption of open
standards for the global information society. OASIS promotes industry
consensus and produces worldwide standards for security, Cloud
computing, business transactions, Web services, Smart Grid, content
management, and other applications. OASIS open standards offer the
potential to lower cost, stimulate innovation, grow global markets, and
protect the right of free choice of technology. OASIS members broadly
represent the marketplace of public and private sector technology
leaders, users and influencers. The consortium has more than 5,000
participants representing over 600 organizations and individual members
in 100 countries: http://www.oasis-open.org.
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