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EEMA 2003 - EEMA’s 16th annual conference - will take place between June 16-18 2003 in Prague, with the focus on web services. The three day event, aimed at both EEMA members and non-members, will concentrate on the management and compatibility of web services, addressing both the technical and business issues.

“Web services is one of the few e-commerce areas of development, with the potential to affect everyone conducting business over the Internet. However, with the hype currently surrounding the topic, it is very difficult to identify what’s really happening within the industry” commented Steve Glagow, EEMA board member and events committee chair. “As the European e-Business association, EEMA aims to dispel the myths, and challenge those involved to justify not only what they are doing, but how they plan to overcome the clear obstacles that currently exist” he continued.

Day one of the conference will feature an introduction to the topic, with days two and three looking at management and compatibility issues and analysing the real impact of the industry protocols, SOAP (simple object access protocol), WSDL (web services description language), and the role of UDDI (universal description, discovery and integration) by questioning the parties involved. The conference will also address - through panel discussions, case studies and presentations - issues such as security and authentication, return on investment, the role of the directory, transaction analysis, load balancing, competing development tools, process management techniques and the legal issues involved. The business and technical tracks will ensure that delegates are addressed according to their area and level of interest.

The gold sponsor for EEMA 2003 is Hewlett-Packard.

EEMA’s interest groups will also meet during the conference, allowing EEMA members to find out about the many projects, papers and reports available from the association within the areas of security, e-Government, identity services, wireless, legal and e-Commerce together with issues relating specifically to e-Business users.

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Delegates attending from Eastern European countries will receive subsidised rates. Please contact EEMA for more information.


About EEMA –

EEMA, founded in 1987, is the leading independent, European non-profit e-Business association, pushing forward the boundaries of e-commerce, technology and legislation.

Its numerous interest groups, workshops, conferences and seminars each specialise in areas of current concern, to educate and inform its member companies on latest developments and technologies, whilst at the same time enabling members of the association to compare views and ideas.
Working closely with governmental bodies, standards organisations and e-Business initiatives throughout Europe, EEMA is an instrumental force in moving European business towards working electronically. Visit or contact EEMA at or +44 1386 793028.

About Web Services

Web Services technology enables existing programmes written in different languages to talk to each other over the internet, providing an interface to link companies, suppliers, partner networks and supply chains. For example, Web Services might be used to link a logistics company’s freight scheduling system, transportation management system and supply chain application. Prior to web services, this would have been a time-consuming costly, complicated job, involving elaborate coding and reference to over 50 standards to ensure interoperability.

The under-pinning technologies of SOAP, WSDL and UDDI have been developed to act as the back-bone to Web Services.

Press Contact

Ruth Cattell – - tel +44 1384 374008

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