UBL and Disruptive Innovation

Out-of-the-box business XML for multiple industries

From the developerWorks archives

Hugh Chatfield

Date archived: December 6, 2016 | First published: November 16, 2010

All companies typically have to set up a supply chain and manage it. A company usually has to buy goods and services from suppliers to carry out their business. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of applications to assist in this process. Many of these applications support electronic invoices and other business documents, and some may even support XML, but most of the business documents exchanged between companies are still paper-based. The OASIS Universal Business Language (UBL), an XML-based technology (not an application) is designed to plug into existing business, legal, auditing, and record management practices. In this article, we will examine UBL to illustrate its usefulness, and explore how emerging UBL services in this problem domain can be a disruptive innovation.

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