The Reference Architecture is a Guide. It is a technical guiding document supported by on-line resources and a compliance-check tool.
The Architecture defines agreed specifications on: Business Models, Business Processes, Data Models, Product Identification and Classification, Communication Protocols.
There are four main types of elements in the Architecture. The hereafter criteria of conformance indicate what is expected from users who wish to adopt the eBIZ Reference Architecture. The minimal criteria of conformance can be summarised as :
1 - The organisational and procedural aspects of business scenarios
Downstream the architecture specifies the ‘mandatory’ minimum set of transactions of each process; the pilots, once defined the process they are interested in, must implement at least this minum set of transactions.
2 - The semantic and data models to exchange information
Downstream there is also the necessity of a second check using the Use Profiles that presently are not implemented by XSDs for automatic validation (they restrict the basic UBL XSDs specifications).
In both the cases it is mandatory to use versions of the specifications that are not former than those mentioned in the architecture report.
To validate instances of electronic documents (upstream or downstream) an official on-line Validator has been published (click here for more info)
3 - The product and party classification and identification
The only exception could be for ‘local networks’ communications: in this case if the pilots are not able to implement the global identifications in due time, it is acceptable that local network communications use other identification systems (in this case the ‘schemaName’ must be declared explicitly according to the adopted use profiles);
Anyway it must be demonstrated the capability to translate the local identification system towards the global ones before starting to broaden the communication towards other partners.
Upstream any kind of identifier can be accepted for product/part identification (but the issuing organisation must be declared clearly), is a duty of the parties to avoid misunderstandings; the parties and locations usually are explicitly and extensively described.
4 - The middleware and communication protocols
Once it is endorsed by the companies’ management, the eBIZ Reference Architecture is meant to be used by the companies’ usual ICT suppliers or own specialists (if present).
2013 CHANGES: HOW WE DID IT?
Thanks to the CEN eBIZ Workshop, a new, upgraded, version of the eBIZ Reference Architecture is released in 2013.
During the consultation 166 minor comments were received and 163 comments were integrated in the final version.
A total of 54 companies / organisations from 14 countries have officially endorsed the Architecture (names are published in the document’s foreword)
The Architecutre is available at this page (CEN Website), name of the file: CEN Workshop Agreement.
Reference Architecture at a glance
Reference processes fitting real industry needs:
reference processes for textile clothing production (upstream)
reference processes for footwear production (upstream)
reference processes for textile clothing and footwear supplying for retailers (upstream)
(from “Yarn subcontracted manufacturing” to “Vendor managed Inventory” process)
A large number of document formats available to transfer information:
business document templates for textile clothing production (upstream)
business document templates for footwear production (upstream)
business document templates for textile clothing and footwear supplying for retailers (upstream)
A LOT OF RESOURCES AVAILABLE for developers
The only Textile Clothing production area (upstream) offers more than 380 resources (XML Schema, XSLT, examples, user guides, code lists, ..)
eBIZ validation tool
The eBIZ validation tool allows user to check compliance with eBIZ
- “eBIZ – Textile/Clothing and Footwear Downstream document Validator”
for data exchange between manufacturers and point of sale
- “eBIZ – Textile/Clothing Upstream document Validator”
for data exchange between manufacturers and suppliers in textile/clothing
- “eBIZ – Footwear Upstream document Validator”
for data exchange between manufacturers and suppliers in footwear