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CECID Hermes Won the Certificate of Merit at the 6th HKCS IT Excellence Awards

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Hong Kong SAR, Peoples Republic of China - 30 August 2004 -Center for E-Commerce Infrastructure Development (CECID), The University of Hong Kong (HKU) is pleased to announce that our open source ebXML business-to-business (B2B) Messaging Server, Hermes, has been awarded the Certificate of Merit (Product category) at the 6th IT Excellence Awards for SMEs.

Organized by the Hong Kong Computer Society (HKCS), the IT Excellence Awards is an award scheme that has been recognized as one of the most prestigious events in the local IT industry. This year is the sixth anniversary of the IT Excellence Awards, and HKCS has received 80 entries (in which a large number of entries were in the Product category for SMEs), the biggest number ever since the Award was established. The presentation ceremony was held at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre on August 27, 2004. Over 250 IT professionals, business executives and their friends gathered for a delightful dinner and shared the joy of the winners at the presentation ceremony.

First time to enter the contest, CECID submitted Hermes under the competitive SMEs Product Category. The panel of judges, comprised of prominent IT professionals, and chaired by Prof. Lap-Chee Tsui, commented that Hermes was " a reliable and ready solution with good performance ... a number of commercial projects are under negotiation ... may create the XML based market for the local software industry".

Hermes is an electronic document exchanging server based on an open e-business messaging standard (OASIS ebXML Messaging Service v.2.0). This awards winning product provides a standardized, reliable, and secure infrastructure for enterprises to exchange business data traditionally provided by EDI (electronic data interchange) but on the Internet and at a low cost affordable by small and medium enterprises. Hermes is donated to the ebXML development community, ( and released under the Academic Free License. Since its release in September 2002, Hermes has recorded 6,000+ downloads from over 80 countries, and it is certified by the ebXML Asia Committee for its interoperability in connectivity, reliability and security.

Some local users of Hermes include MTRC, OOCL, Sony, HMV, and HKSAR Government's Marine Department. To our knowledge, several local software vendors also have plans to adopt Hermes to further develop commercial B2B projects for sale in local and foreign markets. This will establish the worldwide leadership of Hong Kong IT industry in this specific technology area and will potentially enhance the industry's overall international competitiveness.

About Hong Kong Computer Society (
The Hong Kong Computer Society (HKCS) was founded in 1970 as a non-profit making professional body. The Society's mission includes the promotion of the use of IT and the fostering of the development of the IT industry in Hong Kong by providing a medium for disseminating knowledge and promoting the appreciation of IT and related tools. During its over 30 years' history, HKCS members have come to form the core of a wide and influential network throughout the whole spectrum of Hong Kong service and other industries.

About IT Excellence Awards (
IT Excellence Awards is a professional initiative of the Hong Kong Computer Society. Established in 1998, the award scheme is an annual event which brings uniquely significant recognition to excellent IT applications and innovative IT technologies. The IT Excellence Awards and IT Excellence Awards (SMEs) recognize excellence in IT applications and products separately. There are three prizes in the product category: Gold, Silver, and Bronze, as well as certificate of merit. In addition, a new category of awards - IT Excellence Awards (Post Secondary) is established to recognize outstanding IT projects developed by post-secondary students. This year, the panel of judges comprised of leaders and senior executives from the University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Science & Technology Parks Corporation, the Hong Kong University of Science & Technology, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council, the Hong Kong Information Technology Federation, the Hong Kong Productivity Council, the Hong Kong Computer Society, and delegates from the Government of the Hong Kong SAR.

About CECID (
Established in January 2002, the Center for E-Commerce Infrastructure Development (CECID) at the University of Hong Kong conducts e-commerce research and development with the vision of helping organizations increase their competitiveness in the global economy. CECID develops e-commerce enabling technologies, participates in important international e-commerce initiatives, supports e-commerce standardization for Hong Kong and the Asia Pacific Region, and transfers e-commerce technology and skills to the community. With projects primarily funded by the Hong Kong Government's Innovation and Technology Commission, CECID is an active member of OASIS and the ebXML Asia Committee. The Center also collaborates with a number of lead technology users in the Asia-Pacific Region on turning R&D results into real-life business applications. CECID's recent contributions to the community include its code donation of Hermes and ebMail to freebXML ( and the production of an in-depth design and management guide on XML Schemas for the Hong Kong Government.

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