Discover businesses worldwide that offer the exact products and services that you need. Register the products and services of your own business for others to discover. Or both. Technology and business champions are leading the development and deployment of an open, Internet-based Universal Description, Discovery, and Integration (UDDI) specification. UDDI is the building block that will enable businesses to quickly, easily and dynamically find and transact business with one another using their preferred applications.
Businesses benefit from UDDI
Businesses of all sizes can benefit from UDDI, because the specifications comprehensively addresses problems that limit the growth and synergies of B2B commerce and Web services.
The UDDI project is not industry-specific. Any industry, worldwide, offering products and services can benefit from this open initiative.
Before the UDDI project, there was no industry-wide, accepted approach for businesses to reach their customers and partners with information about their products and Web services. Nor was there a method of how to integrate into each other's systems and processes.
Problems the UDDI specification can help to solve:
- Making it possible for organizations to quickly discover the right business from millions currently online
- Defining how to enable commerce to be conducted once the preferred business is discovered
- Immediate benefits of the UDDI project for businesses include:
- Reaching new customers
- Expanding offerings
- Extending market reach
- Increasing access to current customers
- Solving customer-driven need to remove barriers to allow for rapid participation in the global Internet economy
- Describing their services and business processes programmatically in a single, open, and secure environment
- Using a set of protocols that enable businesses to invoke services over the Internet to provide additional value to their preferred customers
ANSWER AND QUESTION
Q: What is UDDI? What does UDDI stand for?
A: The UDDI (Universal Description, Discovery and Integration) Project is a comprehensive, open industry initiative enabling businesses to (I) discover each other, and (II) define how they interact over the internet and share information in a global registry architecture. UDDI is the building block which will enable businesses to quickly, easily and dynamically find and transact with one another via their preferred applications.
UDDI is also a framework for Web services integration. It contains standards-based specifications for service description and discovery. The UDDI specification takes advantage of World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) standards such as Extensible Markup Language (XML), HTTP and Domain Name System (DNS) protocols. Additionally, cross platform programming features are addressed by adopting early versions of the proposed Simple Object Access ProtocoL (SOAP) messaging specifications found at the W3C Web site.
Q: What is the significance of this announcement? Why is UDDI a big deal?
A: This open initiative addresses how companies can publish how they want to conduct business on the Web, potentially fueling growth of B2B Commerce. UDDI will benefit businesses of all sizes by creating a global, platform independent, open framework for discovering businesses, describing services, and integrating businesses using the Internet
Q: What problem is UDDI solving and what are the benefits?
A: Some of the problems UDDI addresses include:
- Making it possible for organizations to quickly discover the right business out of the millions that are currently online
- Defining how to enable eCommerce to be conducted once the preferred business is discovered
- Creating an industry-wide approach for businesses to reach their customers and partners with information about their products and Web services, and how they prefer to conduct business and integrate systems with those trading partners.
Some of the immediate benefits of UDDI include:
- The ability for UDDI-enabled businesses to quickly and dynamically discover and interact with each other on the Internet via their preferred applications, which will ultimately drive financial benefit to their bottom line
- An easier roadmap for businesses to rapidly participate in the global Internet economy
- A way for businesses to programmatically describe their services and business processes in a single open environment
- A set of specifications that enable business to invoke services over the Internet to provide additional value to their preferred customers
Q: What types of businesses are going to use UDDI?
A: The UDDI Business Registry is open to all businesses and industry bodies worldwide and will benefit the small, medium and large organization alike regardless of the industry, products or services that they offer.
Q: Which type of organizations are going to use UDDI?
A: We expect businesses of all sizes to register themselves and the services they provide in the UDDI Business Registry. We also expect programmers, ISVs, and standards bodies to record specific services types that these businesses will be able to use to define their preferred means of transacting business.
A sampling of companies which are expected to use benefit from UDDI include:
- Large Organizations
Global 2000, Fortune 500, large manufacturers with hundreds of suppliers, national financial institutions, healthcare providers, etc.
- Small / medium enterprises
Regional distributor, services / consulting firm, local retailer of goods and services, small sporting goods shop, etc.
- Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) and integrators
ERP vendors, networking companies, Big-5 consulting firms, local software houses, etc.
- Marketplace creators
Net Market Makers, horizontal Marketplaces, Corporate Exchanges, etc.
- Industry and standards organizations
IT standards bodies and industry vertical organizations and associations
"By providing a lingua franca for business-to-business commerce, the UDDI Project will make business integration faster, cheaper and easier, reports Paul Maritz, Group Vice President, Platforms Group, Microsoft Corp. "By making it easy to describe, find and use Web services, UDDI offers the foundation to take Internet commerce to the next level."
"The UDDI project is an example of the inclusiveness and cooperation needed to drive greater efficiencies in e-business transactions and integration through open standards," said John Swainson, General Manager, Application & Integration Middleware Division, IBM. "In addition, we expect the UDDI Business Registry will become an important part of the Internet's infrastructure as we move to the next generation of e-business."
"Green Line+" corporation started the "RIN.RU" ("Russian Information Network") e-project with the purpose of association, coordination and development of information in the INTERNET. Our target is to merge the Russian I-net area with the international one.