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Spherion Technology Uses Hermes with Large Australian Telco

Hong Kong SAR, Peoples Republic of China - 2 April 2004 - Center for
E-Commerce Infrastructure Development (CECID), The University of Hong Kong (HKU) is pleased to announce that our open source ebXML message service handler, Hermes, has been deployed in a B2B e-procurement system by Spherion Technology Solution (STS), a large business and technology consulting firm in Australia. STS adopted Hermes (based on ebMS v2) to implement an e-procurement system for a division of Spherion Asia Pacific, Spherion Education Solutions, and a large Australian telecommunications company. The system is in production and Spherion Education Solutions, an education/training service provider, can now provide reliable and secure training course procurement service to her telecom client cost-effectively.

When the project started, the telecom client had already adopted a commercial ebXML messaging gateway product, and Spherion needed a reliable and interoperable ebXML messaging handler. Hermes' certification of the Asian ebXML Interoperability Test became an important selection criterion for STS. At the technology evaluation stage, STS created a development and testing environment for Hermes at a considerably low cost compared with those commercial counterparts available in the market. Throughout the implementation process, Hermes' quality was enhanced by STS and CECID. Also, thanks to the Hermes developer community, minor problems for the open source product took a short time to fix.

With the new e-procurement system using ebXML messaging service, the telecom company exchanges purchase orders, invoices and remittance advice with Spherion Education Solutions. Besides exploiting the features of Hermes to achieve reliable electronic document exchange, the PKI capacity of Hermes is being utilized in this project to enhance transaction security and provide non-repudiation support of the messages transacted.

Both STS and the telecom company are satisfied with the ebXML production environment. The telecom company is now planning to phase out the existing EDI e-procurement system to the new ebXML-enabled system to handle all education service procurement. With the surge of interest in open source software and ebXML technology, STS expects Hermes to be engaged in more B2B system development projects.

About Spherion (
Spherion Technology Solution (STS) is part of the Spherion Group, which was established in Australia in 1968 and later joined the Spherion Corporation, a global business consultation organization listed in the New York Stock Exchange. Spherion Group has many years of business experience with expertise and experience in recruitment, education and training, technology and outsourcing services. STS offers its clients services in project management, application development, technical implementation and technical consulting. Its reputation is built through developing customized and innovative technology solutions that are aligned with the clients' objectives and business strategies.

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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