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Vol. IX Jul 2010

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Volume IV Nov 2005  

Hermes Selected Best Infrastructure Building and Communication Application by Linux Business Award 2005
The flagship product of CECID, Hermes is well-recognized for its quality. Other than receiving Certificates of Merit (Product Category) at the 6th HK Computer Society IT Excellence Awards and Asia Pacific ICT Award 2004 (R&D Category), Hermes won the Grand Award in Infrastructure Building and Communication Application of Hong Kong Linux Business Award 2005 in July.

Hermes Received AS2 Interoperability Certification
In addition to its support of ebXML, Hermes Messaging Gateway v2.0 is now able to support the widely used messaging protocol, Applicability Statement 2 (AS2). AS2 provides security for the transport payload through digital signatures and data encryption, enhances the transport performance by compressing the payload, and ensures reliable, non-repudiable delivery through the use of receipts. Like ebXML, AS2 does not specify how to validate or process data but specifies how to create a connection and transport data. To ensure and demonstrate Hermes' compliance to AS2 specifications, CECID joined the 8th AS2 Interoperability Test organized by Drummond Group Inc., a US leading testing company. Hermes 2 successfully completed the AS2 Interoperability Testing with 29 other participants in the same product test round.

What is AS2?
Applicability Statement 2 (AS2) is a draft specification developed by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) for securely exchanging business documents and business-to-business (B2B) transactions. Instead of using a dial-up connection to a value-added network (VAN), AS2 enables sending over the Internet using the HTTP proctocol. It is a widely recognized messaging standard for B2B e-commerce and is often referred to as an EDI-INT (EDI over the Internet) standard.

Overcome Hurdles of B2B Integration
Each day, millions of documents and information, such as purchase orders and invoices are exchanged between business partners. In late 1990s, it was anticipated that the Internet would revolutionize the process of B2B document exchange. However, over the years, many business enterprises still stick with the conventional ways like telephone calls, letters, telex, faxes, and electronic data interchange (EDI). The penetration of machine-to-machine XML data exchange, which is a more effective and open transmission protocol for communication, is minimal. To overcome early B2B failure, pragmatic B2B solutions should not only visionaries with clout are needed, but also base on both old and new technology.

  What's Happened Around CECID...

New Staff
CECID welcomes Damien Ng (Assistant Technology Officer) to join our Products and Solutions Team.

Volume IV Apr 2005  
Hong Kong Department of Health Monitors Infectious Diseases with Hermes and ebMail
Rapid transmission of infectious diseases like SARS and Meningitis as well as emerging diseases of Avian Flu pose a tremendous threat to our community. As a result, Department of Health (DH) invites CECID to set up a centralized and standardized disease surveillance system, the Notifiable Infectious Disease Information Messaging System (NIDIMS). The project involves XML schema design for 28 infectious diseases, ebMail and Hermes deployment for secure and reliable infectious disease information exchange. Deliverables of the NIDIMS Project are presently deployed to help Hong Kong Centre for Health Protection (CHP) strengthen the surveillance system for infectious diseases.

Dairy Farm Pioneers Global Data Synchronization in Hong Kong with CECID GDS Connector
In the consumer goods and retail sectors, the increased volume and business process applicability of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) data require new Internet-based standards for sharing RFID data among trading partners (suppliers and retailers).Global Data Synchronization Network (GDSN) is perceived as a pre-requisite for RFID. Started as a pilot project in Oct last year, Dairy Farm pioneers GDSN with Procter and Gamble (P&G) in Hong Kong with CECID GDS Connector for product information updates. The GDS Connector serves as a middleware placed between Supplier/Retailer internal system (Data Source/Data Recipient system) and the data pool.

CECID Product Suite — An Integrated View of CECID's Products
In an effort to enable different systems to interoperate with each other, CECID actively develops enterprise data integration products. Up till now, with its competence in ebXML and Web Services technology, CECID has developed six products based on international standards to ensure diverse information systems can interoperate within an organization (Enterprise Application Integration) and across organizations (B2B Integration). The products include Hermes, ebMail, B2B Connector, TranXnet, Business Information Modeling (BIM) Tool, and Business Process Modeling (BPM) Tool. Many of the products have a number of successful use cases, most of which are innovative and cost-effective applications.

Telco Streamlines Service Provision Business Process with TranXnet
A subsidiary of a holdings company listed in the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, this telecommunications company (Telco) pilots CECID's TranXnet to streamline its broadband installation workflow, which involves many un-coordinated but interdependent pre-installation tasks. CECID has developed the prototype of TranXnet Execution Engine for Telco to coordinate the interdependent tasks and controls execution. As a result, the pre-installation workflow is streamlined. It is estimated that subscribers now cut their waiting time for a broadband installation by 50%!

Business Value of a Workflow Engine
Focusing on business process is crucial for performance management. Traditionally, many manual efforts involved in a business process where documents and information are distributed from one department to another within an enterprise or with its business partners. In fact, these business processes can be streamlined and fully automated according to an organization's business rules or requirements by means of a workflow engine. The benefits of business process automation via workflow engine include reduce operating costs, improve productivity and efficiency and thus enhanced profitability.


Featured Staff
Dorris Tai, Business Manager, is the team leader of the Operations and Marketing Team. She is pleased to work with her professional team members to help the Center run smoothly and to publicize CECID's achievements.

Volume IV Feb 2005  
New Version of CECID Hermes and ebMail Released
New version of Hermes and ebMail have been released to the ebXML community, In the latest version of Hermes, Hermes 1.0 has added a customizable message dispatching mechanism and improved its SSL (Secure Socket Layer) support to make configuration simpler and more flexible. ebMail 1.2, the new version, supports multiple party IDs handling in ebXML message.

CECID Hermes 1.0 and ebMail 1.2 Used by e-Government Infrastructure Service (EGIS) Project of HKSAR Government
The e-Government Infrastructure Service (EGIS) project has adopted Hermes 1.0 to provide secure and reliable connectivity between the HKSAR Government and the business community. Under the Hong Kong Digital 21 Strategy, EGIS is established as an open-standards-based, scalable and flexible service delivery platform for Government-to-Citizen (G2C) and Government-to-Business (G2B) transactions. Business partners who need to connect to EGIS may use the open-source ebMail 1.2 or Hermes 1.0 to exchange electronic documents with government bureaux and departments. Alternatively, companies could simply deploy CECID's B2B Connector into their network to get the same result in a plug-and-play fashion. e-Procurement System Project
In this e-procurement system project, CECID collaborated with MTR Corporation, the operator of Hong Kong's urban metro railway and, an e-commerce portal providing a wide range of office supplies and business services to corporate customers in Hong Kong. The project involved the deployment of our B2B Connector, at MTR and the deployment of Hermes to's existing procurement portal. This B2B e-commerce solution saves resources for manual processing, reduces human errors and gives MTR control over its procurement data.

Using Open Source Software: User Profile and Pointers to Start
In the last article of the three-part series about open source software (OSS), user profile of OSS and pointers to start using OSS will be discussed. The use of OSS has become increasingly commonplace. To date, users of open source software have mostly been early adopters; some are pragmatic IT organizations. They take the low cost advantage of OSS to build their system infrastructures or run their applications. Besides industry adoption, under e-Government initiatives, the adoption of OSS is a significant and growing phenomenon within governments world-wide. Governments recognize open source software as a legitimate alternative to proprietary software to be used in information systems in Government. Using OSS requires new working practices which are different from that of commercial one. To start with, you need to assess your internal resources and capabilities for deployment and maintenance.


Training Attachment Program with the Office of Government Chief Information Officer (OGCIO)
In August 2004, the Office of the Government Chief Information Officer (OGCIO) of the HKSARG and CECID collaborated on a Training Attachment Program. The objective of the program was to exchange and share IT knowledge and best practices. CECID was very delighted to have Ken Siu, a very experienced Analyst Programmer of the OGCIO, to work at CECID in the last six months.

Volume IV Jan 2005  
CECID Provides Professional Support Services for Hermes and ebMail
As a core developer of Hermes and ebMail, CECID is pleased to announce that it will provide support and training services for these two open-source ebXML software. Besides the present channels of the active mailing lists, technical professionals of end-user organizations can now also contact CECID directly when they need help with deployment of Hermes or ebMail. OEM/ISVs who need assistance with incorporation of these open-source software into their products can readily access Hermes and ebMail developers. Different support packages covering installation, connectivity, integration, enhancement and plug-ins development are available to cater for different needs.

CECID Hermes Won Merit Award at the Asia Pacific ICT Awards 2004
Asia Pacific ICT Awards (APICTA) is an award scheme that has been recognized as a key and prestigious event in the Asia-Pacific region. CECID is pleased to announce that our open source ebXML business-to-business (B2B) Messaging Server, Hermes, has won the Merit Award of the R&D category at the APICTA 2004. In the Tertiary Student Project category, the Web Services Reliability (WSR) Messaging Server project carried out by four HKU final year students also won a Merit Award. CECID is pleased to have involved in this award-winning project as the coach to the students.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Using Open Source Software
In this second article of the three-part series about open source software, the advantages and disadvantages of using open source software (OSS) are discussed. For most users, one of the biggest advantages of OSS is that it is available without a fee or at a low cost. Also, OSS offers users freedom to control. The downside of OSS is that it is much more of an unbundled product compared to its commercial software. The other product elements users can usually depend on (training, maintenance) need to be proactively sought and assessed by the user organization.

Introduction of Global Data Synchronization Network (GDSN)
Today, trading partners face high, unnecessary costs due to supply chain information inefficiencies and inaccurate data in transactions. To help industry streamline supply chain transactions and reduce supply chain costs, the Global Data Synchronization Network (GDSN) is developed by various industry groups, including the Global Commerce Initiative (GCI), EAN International, and the Uniform Code Council (UCC). The GDSN is an internet-based, interconnected network of interoperable data pools and the GS1 Global Registry, that enables companies around the world to exchange standardized and synchronized supply chain data with their trading partners.


New Staff
CECID welcomes Kevin Tsang and Ka-Ming Tsui (Assistant Technology Officers) to join our R&D Team.



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