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OBI (Open Buying on the Internet)
Note: Many topics at this site are reduced versions of the text in "The Encyclopedia of Networking and Telecommunications." Search results will not be as extensive as a search of the book's CD-ROM.
OBI is a freely available design/framework for business-to-business commerce transactions on the Web. It was designed by American Express and SupplyWorks, Inc. OBI is designed to help implementers reduce the cost of doing purchase transactions on the Web and to stimulate Internet commerce. The goal is to reduce costs, improve the overall buy-pay process, and increase service levels to end users using Internet technology. Microsoft, Netscape, Oracle, Open Market, and a number of other companies back the specification. CommerceNet also plays a role in the OBI by managing the specifications.
OBI is meant to complement and not replace existing EDI infrastructures. According to the OBI Consortium, "OBI was created for the purchase of non-strategic, indirect materials by large, distributed requisitioner populations." The OBI Consortium sees EDI as technology and standards for simplifying the purchasing of direct, or "production," materials through tight integration with MRP (materials resource planning) systems.
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