Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineers
In this paper, the authors propose an e-business architecture that takes into account the specific needs of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) and present a model-driven, highly flexible and collaborative approach that fosters cross-organizational interoperability. The specifications defined by the standardization body UN/CEFACT (e.g. UN/CEFACT Modeling Methodology, Core Component Technical Specification) and the ebXML standard are central composites of their novel holistic framework that aims at reducing effort required for performing business transactions. The introduction of methods for automatized business process and data negotiation is a further cornerstone of this work.