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Walmart deadline pushes adoption of "Web Services" (EDI-INT)

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from the borg lady:


I/We read with interest Walmart's new edict that suppliers have to be
be able to exchange data electronically with it over the internet
rather than through private networks. Specifically, Wal-Mart suppliers
must be equipped to exchange paperwork electronically using Electronic
Data Interchange-Internet Integration, or EDI-INT, a protocol for
moving data across the Internet that incorporates Extensible Markup
Language (XML).

In their haste to meet the October deadline, many suppliers are
turning to so-called application integration companies, and most of
the application integration companies mentioned have a solid J2EE
backbone as part of their solutions, including TIBCO, webMethods, and

Microsoft may have had the initial advantage when it came to hyping
web services with .NET, but slow-starting Java did that "Tortoise
versus Hare" thing and is gamely raking in the cold cash after reality
dashed some cold water on the hype.

Let's all stand up, and say together now: "Thank you Microsoft for
spending millions to hype web services."
Jul 19 '05 #1
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