activities done

The CEN eBIZ Workshop is an open international working group set to upgrade the Reference Architecture in line with new business needs.

Managed by CEN and supported by the European Commission the group works 18 months (January 2012 - June 2013) on the agreed work programme built around three tasks:


Gap Analysis

to identify gaps for interoperabiliy of digital data exchange (e-Business) in the Textile, Clothing and Footwear industry;

to monitor new related standards and to propose solutions to overcome barriers for wider e-Business interoperability.


Upgrade of the Reference Architecture:

to produce a CEN Workshop Agreement (i.e. the upgraded eBIZ Reference Architecture) which enbale interoperability between different e-Business solutions and systems used in the fashion Industry supply chain.


Impact enhancement

to increase the CEN eBIZ Workshop impact and effectiveness with communication activities addressing the concerned IT and fashion industry.


2012 CEN eBIZ Workshop announcement, January
Launch call for Experts, February/ March
Experts selection and activities start, April
Gap Analysis 1st draft, June
Gap Analysis Final version, September
Start upgrading the Reference Architecture, October


2013 1st Proposal to upgrade the Reference Architecture, open for comments, January 2013
Final draft of Proposal to upgrade the Reference Architecture, open for comments, March
Draft of upgraded Reference Architecture for public comment, April / May
Endorsement of the new Reference Architecture by Workshop participants, June
Publication of the new Reference Architecture, 24th July 2013

Three Plenary meetings open to all participants takes place : 

March 2012 ,

October/ November 2012,

June 2013

Six calls for contributions/ comments and validation by all participants took place in: 

April, June and September 2012;  January,  March and June 2013