B-to-b standards move forward

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San Francisco-The Universal Description, Discovery and Integration project Thursday said it has begun initial testing of the b-to-b "yellow pages" standard. Ariba Inc., Microsoft Corp. and IBM Corp. are currently operating UDDI servers that talk with one another. A company that registers itself with these servers can have its basic business info available to other companies around the globe. Companies can register for free at The UDDI Project also announced that 92 new members have joined since the launch two months ago, bringing the total number of participants to 128. Separately, a group of companies Wednesday said they are working together to create a standard for securing b-to-b transactions between companies. The consortium said the Security Services Mar-Up Language will provide a common way for companies to safely conduct e-business transactions across multiple enterprises and e-marketplaces. Backers of S2ML include Art Technology Group, Bowstreet, Commerce One Inc., Jamcracker Inc., Netegrity Inc., Oracle Corp., PricewaterhouseCoopers L.L.P., Sun Microsystems Inc., TIBCO Software Inc., VeriSign Inc., and webMethods Inc.
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