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cXML.org Just An Ariba Facade

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A reader duly followed up on my question around cXML.org’s “independence” from Ariba – and I thought his comment was worth posting:

CXML.org has some hints as to who owns it. Judge for yourself how ambiguous it is.

cXML.FAQ #10 and #11 (http://www.cxml.org/prnews/faq.cfm)
“Ariba … retains control over the standard.”
“cXML.org is not open to membership requests.”

And if that’s not clear enough, check out the License Agreement, item #9 (http://www.cxml.org/license.cfm)
“Ariba, Inc. shall be deemed the Licensor.”

So it sure would seem cXML.org is really just a disguised Ariba website. In fact, had I been smarter I would have looked at who owns & pays for the cXML.org domain. Yep, you guessed it: Ariba. But even so cXML remains one of the most widely used formats for buyer & supplier communication around. And that can’t be all bad.

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Written by Dave Stephens

05/24/06 2:19 PM at 2:19 pm

Posted in Opinion

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