BASDA delivers an interoperability platform to support sustainability and economic growth

BASDA has released the latest version of the leading electronic data exchange standard, eBIS-XML, to drive even greater interoperability between software applications, streamline business processes and reduce operational costs.

The first BASDA eBIS-XML electronic data exchange standard was launched back in 1999 and is now used by most finance system vendors and trading hubs and specified by many public sector organisations as the de facto standard.

The latest BASDA eBIS-XML standard (version 3.10) provides support for key business processes covering trading documents (such as invoices and orders), utilities billing and sustainability data:

  • Trading documents: Purchase orders, order responses, invoices and credit notes. Includes document batching capabilities and specific extensions for activities, such as Hire invoices.
  • Green eBIS-XML: Delivers a unique format for the exchange of environmental information, carbon content and impact details for items supplied. This is particularly useful for companies required to measure and report on their carbon footprint.
  • Utilities XML: BASDA has worked with leading utility providers to create a standard that supports energy billing and allows units used to be embedded. This aids the customer’s analysis of usage especially for companies with multiple sites and meters across their business.
  • Expansion: BASDA has facilitated the ability to provide for specific information extensions within the standards. For example, for Timesheets, Contract Hire and sector specific data so we can ensure that all business sectors can be supported using the BASDA interoperability standards.

Tim Cole, Chair of the BASDA eBusiness Special Interest Group comments on the importance of the eBIS-XML standard to the business software industry:

“Interoperability is a key issue by which we can support process improvement and economic growth. This requires the support of application developers who, in turn, need a competent, flexible and widely supported framework to adopt. This approach delivers such a framework. BASDA ensures we can achieve speed to market at the same time as building a growing community of providers committed to delivering an integrated economy. BASDA members collaborate through the eBusiness Special Interest Group to ensure we continue to deliver integration processes that give our customers a clear advantage.”

About BASDA – The Business Application Software Developers Association – is THE not-for-profit trade body providing representation and information on common needs and opportunities for the industry. BASDA exists to help its members to: reduce costs; increase profile & revenues; access and influence government and other relevant entities; create and share industry standards; and, by working together on matters of common interest, achieve more than could be achieved or afforded operating as an individual company.

For more information and to access eBIS-XML files, contact