20 May 2002 | Robin Parker
GE Global eXchange Services (GXS) has added web services capabilities to its Network-Based Translation (NBT) e-commerce service for small and medium-sized enterprises.
The tools are designed to help SMEs integrate with large trading communities by automatically sending and receiving documents over the Internet.
NBT customers can now instruct their own computer to connect automatically to the service online at pre-arranged fixed times, to identify and download files such as purchase orders.
Data can be keyed directly into a standardised web form and sent to NBT for translation into the recipient's preferred format.
Internet connection options include GXS' single object access protocol (SOAP) and web services definition language (WSDL) for secure data transfer.
The launch follows GXS's development of a source-to-pay services suite of hosted tools to automate contract compliance between purchasers and suppliers.
The seven-part set of products is aimed at global food service firms, hotel chains and consumer goods groups. www.gxs.com