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Volume V Aug 2006  

New ITF Project on Web 2.0 Awarded
CECID has been awarded by the HKSAR Government's Innovation & Technology Commission (ITC) for a new project, "Extending Web 2.0 to Deliver E-Commerce Services". Industry supporters of this project include iASPEC Services Limited, Global e-Business Services Limited, ecVision Limited, and Kerry Logistics. Commencing on 1 September 2006, the project will last for one year.

Web 2.0 Primer
Like SOA (Service-Oriented Architecture), Web 2.0 is a fuzzy word. Despite Web 2.0 is gaining popularity and visibility, the term is not well understood and there is no consensus on its meaning. Compared with Web 1.0, Web 2.0 is characterized by (1) user centeredness, (2) openness, (3) simple and lightweight technology, and (4) decentralized, distributed and participatory process.

What is Missing from Web 2.0?
Web 2.0 is a recent trend in technology and business model of the Internet. With its potential to deliver business value, improve competitive position, help tap new markets, and optimize business processes, enterprises should be aware of the trend and consider to implement Web 2.0. However, two major gaps, security and transactions, need to be tackled before adoption.

Progress of Project Plumber - First Version of Multi-protocol B2B Messaging Service Gateway and Observatory Service Broker Completed
Coined Project Plumber, our ITF project, "Service Oriented e-Transaction Platform", has moved a step forward. We are pleased that two of the project deliverables have their first version completed: Multi-protocol B2B Messaging Service Gateway and Observatory Service Broker. The Multi-protocol B2B Messaging Service Gateway V1 is developed to provide reliable and secure data exchange over the Internet. The Observatory Service Broker (OSB) V1 is an enhanced version of a process-driven enterprise service bus, which supports a choreography-based business process. It is based on a published Java standard - Java Business Integration (JBI).


CECID Supports the 2nd e-Government Summit Hong Kong
Involved in the delivery of a number of e-government projects, CECID appreciates the value of e-Government to citizens and businesses. We are pleased to be a supporter of the upcoming e-Government Summit Hong Kong, organized by Zenith Events, to be held on 5 - 6 September 2006 at Cyberport, Hong Kong.

Featured Staff
Bob Koon, Project Leader of our R&D Team and one of the founding members of CECID, has extensive experience in user interface (UI) design and development. He served as the core developer of various UI applications in CECID, including ebMail, BIM and BPM. Bob is strong in Java and C# and is interested in investigating technical problems. Since this year, he has taken up more project management role in his work, and led the architecture design of the deliverables of our ITF project, Project Plumber.

New Staff
CECID welcomes our Technical Analyst, Philip WONG, and three Analyst Programmers, Vicky NG, Twinsen TSANG and Franz WONG.

Volume V Feb 2006  

Hermes Messaging Gateway v2.0 Supporting AS2 and ebMS Released
Thanks to project funding from the HKSAR Government's Innovation & Technology Commission, our flagship product, Hermes Messaging Gateway has extended secure and reliable data transmission to users of Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) and other business-to-business data. The latest version of Hermes, Hermes 2, supporting both ebMS and Applicability Specification (AS2) is now available for download. Features of Hermes 2 can be checked out from our website:

Receiving HK$9.2 Million from Guangdong - Hong Kong Technology Cooperation Funding Scheme (TCFS) for E-transaction Enabling Technologies Development
We are pleased to announce that the HKSAR Government's Innovation and Technology Commission is awarding HK$9.2M to fund a new project,"Service Oriented e-Transaction Platform", under the Guangdong - Hong Kong Technology Cooperation Funding Scheme. Sponsors including Digital Trade and Transportation Network (DTTN), MTR Corporation and iASPEC Opensoft Shenzhen are providing an additional HK$1.2M cash support for this project.

What is Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) and Why SOA?
Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) is a design principle for modeling and architecting software. It is not new, but the continued rise in the popularity of using SOA is. SOA is essentially a collection of services. Service is a function that is well-defined, self-contained, and does not depend on the context or state of other services. Service orientation can be used to model not only a particular system architecture but larger-scale constructs like the interaction between systems within the organization, or even interactions across organizations. The major benefits of SOA are flexibility enhancement and cost reduction on maintaining and implementing new systems and business processes. Gartner research predicted that SOA will be a prevailing software engineering practice by 2008.

Trends in Modeling and Metadata Management
Business requirements for more-flexible, powerful and maintainable application software are rapidly changing the underlying system architecture in an organization. Many enterprises are moving from traditional client / server designs to Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition (J2EE) and .NET service-oriented architectures (SOAs). This requires the understanding of model-based business process and data architecutres. Developers will need processes and tools that reuse and manage interrelated metadata across suites and environments. However, many lack the time and resources to properly address the associated challenges.


Upcoming Events
Feb 23-24, 2006 - Business Information Modeling Workshop
Mar 8, 2006 - Forum on E-Transaction Development: Opportunities for IT Industry & Users

Featured Staff
CY NG, Technical Analyst and one of the founding members of CECID, has extensive experience in XML infrastructure technology development. Formerly, he was the core developer of CECID products, including Hermes and TranXnet. Since April last year, CY has moved from our Research & Development Team to Products and Solutions Team, focusing more on delivery of technology solutions to commercial partners and the government departments.

New Staff
CECID welcomes Wyman CHAN (Technical Analyst), Jumbo CHEUNG (Analyst Programmer) and Joel MATSUMOTO (Exchange Intern).



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