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CECID Hermes Selected Best Infrastructure Building and Communication Application by Linux Business Award 2005

Hong Kong SAR, Peoples Republic of China - 7 July 2005 - Center for E-Commerce Infrastructure Development (CECID), University of Hong Kong (HKU) is pleased to announce that our open source ebXML business-to-business (B2B) Messaging Server, Hermes, has won the Grand Award in Infrastructure Building and Communication Application of Hong Kong Linux Business Award 2005. Companies and products competed under Business Adoption Award and Product Development Award in sub-categories of Enterprise Business Application; Infrastructure Building and Communication Application; Industry Based Application and Linux Appliance resulting in four Grand Award and 10 Merit Award winners.

Organized by the HKSAR Office of the Government Chief Information Officer, Hong Kong Productivity Council and Hong Kong Linux Industry Association, Linux Business Award aims to educate and motivate enterprises in deploying IT application on Linux platform. Five entries were shortlisted to the final stage of Product Development Award's Infrastructure Building and Communication Application category. Based on innovativeness and technology, deployment scale and scope, quality, cost effectiveness and benefits to society, Hermes came up with the top score to win the Grand Award. Two Merit Awards were also granted in this category.

Hermes Business-to-Business (B2B) Messaging Server is an open-source Message Service Handler embracing an e-commerce open standard (OASIS ebXML Messaging Service v.2.0). This award-winning product provides a standardized, reliable and secure infrastructure for enterprises to exchange business data on the Internet. Developers from 80+ economies have already downloaded Hermes' source code since its release three years ago, and Hermes has many successful deployments. Some local users of Hermes include MTR, OOCL, Sony, HMV, and HKSAR Government. Besides certified for ebXML and AS2 interoperability, Hermes has won Certificates of Merit (Product Category) at the 6th HK Computer Society IT Excellence Awards and Asia Pacific ICT Award 2004 (R & D Category). Hermes is available for free from

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Established in January 2002, 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.

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