UDDI codes, key to creating b-to-b relationships, upgraded by Hewlett-Packard Co., IBM Corp. and SAP AG

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Palo Alto, Calif.--Hewlett-Packard Co., IBM Corp. and SAP AG said Thursday that they would support the just-released version of Universal Description Discovery and Integration, otherwise known as UDDI. The three big computer companies tapped what's called UDDI4J. It provides standard ways for companies to explain who they are, what they do, and what's for sale. The source code for UDDI will be made available to information technology, sales, marketing and financial executives in January. Jack Walicki, chief technology officer at HP's Middleware Division, said the industry agreement is critical to the continued development of competitive, secure b-to-b services on the Internet. Bob Sutor, IBM director of e-business standards strategy, said the UDDI4J movement will make it easier for companies to develop Internet applications. 
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