Issue: How UDDI Will Transform Online
IBM, Microsoft and Ariba are launching a new "universal standard" to facilitate
widespread online business-to-business interaction. They also announced
that 36 firms - ranging from payment processors (American Express), infrastructure
providers (Nortel Networks), PC makers (Dell), carriers (NTT) and application
service providers - have joined its ranks of participating developers.
The culmination of
the project will be a highly detailed, dynamic registry that follows a
directory metaphor. A White Pages section will list businesses by name,
while Yellow Pages will list companies' standard codes and geographic
location and Green Pages will categorize the business by the services
it offers. Think of it as a b-to-b Yellow Pages on steroids. It will be
available in beta within 30 days.
Records in the new
registry (Yellow Pages publishers can think of them as "listings") will
conform to a new XML-based standard called Universal Description, Discovery
and Interaction (UDDI). The three founders believe usage of the registry
will reach critical mass in the next 18 months. The outcome will be a
Web site where companies can register themselves, list their products
and services and let other businesses know how they want to do business.