XML Integrator (XI) is an efficient XML-based Enterprise
Application Integration (EAI) Server. Its major functions
are to retrieve and gather data from various back-end systems,
and format such data into ebXML-compliant documents. Database,
ERP, CRM, and Web servers are some examples of these back-end
systems. Upon conversion to ebXML-compliant documents, information
can be delivered by XI to a variety of user devices, such
as PC, mobile phones and PDAs, in a timely fashion.
This process of document preparation is highly customizable.
It is controlled by short programs, or scripts, written
in XI Language (XIL). XIL is a high-level scripting language
invented by our research team, for generating XML documents.
XIL scripts are easy to write, understand and maintain.
Moreover, XI is extensible because we provide an API for
programmers to enhance XI functions.
XI has demonstrated its technological maturity and value
to supply chain logistics business procedures. In 2000,
it was successfully deployed in the production system of
U-Freight Group, one of the largest freight forwarders in