ZapNote: Commerce.Net

While there no doubt are more than a handful of XML-based eBusiness and e-Commerce specifications, OBI differentiates itself by focusing on the business processes and data sets required to support catalog, configurator, and other e-Procurement transactions expressed in ANSI x12, UN/EDIFACT 96A and XML. The OBI specification facilitates Internet-based transactions between trading partners, particularly with key contracted suppliers of commodity goods and services. The standard specifically targets the transactions of indirect materials, including maintenance, repair, operations (MRO) materials, and office and laboratory supplies.

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