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As a contributing editor and writer, Rik Drummond (CEO, Drummond Group Inc.) has written numerous articles published in various online and print magazines. He wrote features for the online Advisor Magazine (, formerly e-BUSINESS ADVISOR magazine, on several topics and XML-related news or research. Some of these articles have been archived at, while others are only available in the magazine's print edition. These previous articles are linked or summarized below:

XML'S Return On Investment
E-Business Advisor - November 2000
by Rik Drummond
XML can save large amounts of money for any enterprise. But if small- and medium-sized companies don't participate electronically in their trading community, then the value of the community overall is diminished. If SMEs don't handle electronic transactions, it may result in a higher rate of transcription errors and a higher cost to use paper.
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XML: What's Still Needed For B2B?
E-Business Advisor - May 2000
by Rik Drummond
XML standards bodies must address three issues to foster business-to-business e-commerce: security, semantics, and transaction choreographies. XML is a key to many of the initiatives driving the growth of B2B electronic data exchanges. How are standards such as RosettaNet, ebXML, EDI-INT, IOTP and OBI progressing, and what is their importance to the industry?
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ebXML: The Only Chance for a Worldwide Standard
E-Business Advisor--April 2000
By Rik Drummond
Participants in the ebXML initiative move forward in creating a single XML standard for e-commerce.
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RosettaNet: The Key to Supply Chain Efficiency?
E-Business Advisor (print edition only)--December 1999
By Rik Drummond
The RosettaNet standards will facilitate data exchange in the supply chain. But there's still work to be done with its XML implementation. RosettaNet, formed in 1998, is helping define open intefaces between manufacturers, distributors, resellers, and customers in the supply chain. From its inception, it was designed to minimize conflict between the supply chain competitors, and maximize benefits. How successful has it been?

XML Frameworks Promise Easier Data Exchange
E-Business Advisor (print edition only)--October 1999
By Rik Drummond
XML frameworks such as eCo, BizTalk, and e-speak strive to make different XML standards work together.
Several key efforts to facilitate e-commerce are taking place that will reduce your organization's risk in using XML for e-commerce. However, in today's environment it's risky to implement any XML value chain or supply chain product whose documents or data elements aren't defined from the existing EDI standard vocabularies.

Common Syntax and Semantics for XML?
E-Business Advisor (print edition only)--July/August 1999
By Rik Drummond
Without common syntax and semantics, moving data between different XML-based, e-commerce applications will involve costly human interaction. XML offers many things that existing e-commerce-capable technologies don't (such as EDI, for example), including human readability and a syntax that's relatively easy to define. To easily exchange data between applications, though, companies require a common syntax and common semantics for XML. Several efforts are underway to help companies define common syntax and semantics.

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XML Takes Off
E-Business Advisor (print edition only)--May 1999
By Rik Drummond
A slew of vendors have announced support for XML. Now they just have to cooperate. XML is important to e-commerce because it's a cost-effective means for moving data between applications and representing data in a standards-oriented format. Many vendors are supporting this technology in their products.

XML and Object Technology
E-Business Advisor (print edition only)--February 1999
By Rik Drummond
The combination of XML and object technology will achieve the best of both technologies. XML will affect internal and inter-organizational application and process integration like no other technology has. By removing the major inhibitor of e-commerce--application integration--XML should greatly boost the advent of wide-scale e-commerce implementations.


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