Esolutions has finished building a B2B document exchange hub and is looking to pilot it before a commercial launch within the next two months.
The messaging hub will be based on Microsoft's BizTalk services - a set of guidelines for creating and exchanging XML (extensible markup language) documents - and will provide an XML engine for translating and passing information between different applications. The hub will be part of esolutions offering as an infrastructure service provider.
To develop and test the technology for the hub, esolutions earlier this year sent a team to the Microsoft Partner Solutions Centre (MPSC) in Redmond, Washington. It was also able to take advantage of knowledge gleaned from a parallel MPSC/EDS project on messaging.
Microsoft New Zealand's Paul Muckleston says there are currently document exchange services based around EDI (electronic document interchange), but not XML. He believes the messaging hub will be aimed at small businesses and allow them to exchange documents with larger corporates which typically use EDI.