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Evolution of Business Documents Based on UN/CEFACT's Core Components

Type: 
Journal article
Abstract: 
Standardized business documents are a prerequisite for successful information exchange in electronic business transactions. The United Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and eBusiness (UN/CEFACT) provides a conceptual modeling approach, called Core Components, used by Business Partners (BPs) for defining business document models (BDMs). BDMs are essential for defining service interfaces in service-oriented systems. However, in such a highly dynamic environment with ever-changing market demands, BPs are confronted with the need to revise their BDMs resulting in a multitude of different versions. BPs may dictate the use of new versions of BDMs, but small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) may not always adopt new BDM versions due to the cost and effort involved, inhibiting automated electronic information exchange. In this article, we propose a framework including (i) a classification of the impact of changes in BDMs, (ii) evolution templates for the automated transformation of business documents between different BDM versions, and (iii) mitigation strategies for evolutions where fully-automated and semantic-preserving transformations are not feasible. Having such a framework at hand provides SMEs with a low-cost and light-weight approach for dealing with evolving market requirements and hence evolving business documents. Finally, we analyze the evolution of UN/CEFACT's Cross Industry Invoice which has been mandated to be used for electronic invoicing within the European Union as well as present a critical discussion of the evolution templates defined.
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Department Focus: 
Business Informatics
TU Focus: 
Information and Communication Technology
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Publisher: 
International Journal of Software and Informatics, 7-2
Year: 
2013
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Pages: 
331 - 356
Accepted: 
Acceptance undecided
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Reference: 
C. Pichler, C. Huemer, M. Wimmer: <br>"<i><a href="http://www.ijsi.org/ch/reader/view_abstract.aspx?file_no=i158&flag=1" target="_blank" class="publist">Evolution of Business Documents Based on UN/CEFACT's Core Components</a></i>"; <br>International Journal of Software and Informatics, <b>7</b> (2013), 2; 331 - 356.<br><br> <a href="https://publik.tuwien.ac.at/showentry.php?ID=219163&lang=2" class="publist"><i>More information</i></a><br><br>
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