B2B standard arrives late, gathers support

By Ashlee Vance, IDG News Service |  Development

During the next 18 months, the partners said they hope to expand the number of categories and add more complete features to help smooth the searching capabilities of the business-to-business effort. Suggestions include customizing the categorization features and accommodating the needs of large corporations with a variety of business units focused on different goals. In addition, a number of vendors expressed interest in building upon the standard as it progresses and developing registries with customized features that lie on top of UDDI.

At the time of its release, the trio of vendors pushing the project said UDDI can only work if it receives wide participation.

"We don't want to compete on standards,"" said Larry Mueller, president and chief operating officer for Ariba, when the project was first announced.

IBM: www.ibm.com Ariba: www. ariba.com; Microsoft: www.microsoft.com

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