The Pilot Phase (2010)
Compleated in 2010, the first phase of the eBIZ initiative starts in early 2008 when the European Commission, DG Enterprise (now DG Grow), entrusts to a three partners consortium (EURATEX, CEC, ENEA) the responsibility of a pilot project to: Harmonise e-Business (i.e. digital data exchange) processes and data exchanges for SMEs in the textile/clothing and footwear sectors in the Single European Market.
Winning a Commission public tender, the project (eBIZ-TCF) is the first initiative of its kind attempting to create a single digital language for the fashion industry. The project does not re-invent the wheel, create new software or standards but it brings together all previous similar exercises carried out in Europe.
Tasks of this pilot phase include:
- analyse the level of e-business adoption in the sectors across the EU,
- developing a technical Reference Architecture to allow e-business interoperability across the sectors whole supply chains,
- testing and improving the Reference Architecture with fashion companies using e-Business in real business operations;
- runing an information campaign to raise awareness on the benefits of harmonised e-Business for the fashion industry
In two and half years the eBIZ-TCF project accomplishes all its tasks, achieving 2 major results:
- The first eBIZ Reference Architecture is released. It is a guiding technical document which describes a coherent framework of existing specifications to enable interoperability in e-Business. This means that companies which use eBIZ-compatible-softwares can easily exchange digital data (e.g. orders) all across the Textile, Clothing and Footwear supply chains.
- The eBIZ Reference Architecture is used by more than 180 fashion companies and their usual IT solution providers, in every-day business operations.