School of Public Policy Announces E-Commerce Project in Taiwan

Posted: December 18, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Elena Barbre

George Mason’s Policy Analysis Center, Boeing, National Tsing Hua University, and Devco, Inc., are launching an electronic commerce project in Taiwan next year. The plan is to build a laboratory in Taiwan that facilitates enterprise application integration among Taiwanese enterprise solutions and commercial e-commerce trading exchanges.

Boeing was awarded the contract to build the laboratory, and George Mason is the core technology service provider for the project, working closely with Boeing and National Tsing Hua University to design, develop, and operate the laboratory. The B2B Exchange Demonstration Laboratory will demonstrate how Taiwanese enterprise resource planning solutions can interoperate with a modern trading hub.

Public policy professor Rainer Sommer, the George Mason project director, will coordinate the technology transfer effort with Boeing; Devco, Inc.; National Tsing Hua University; and Corporate Synergy Development Center. “Business-to-business electronic commerce is experiencing tremendous worldwide growth,” says Sommer. “From a technology perspective, the most demanding unresolved problem is the hands-off integration of disparate enterprise resource planning solutions with trading hubs.”

The current approach to the problem is to use process-oriented enterprise application integration to manage business processes that are shared by the hub and various enterprise resource planning solutions, says Sommer. “This project focuses on enabling Taiwan’s unique enterprise resource planning solutions so they can interoperate with modern e-commerce hubs.”

Joy Hughes, George Mason’s vice president for information technology, emphasizes the importance of this project to regional and international economic development. “It is one more in a set of critically important business-to-business partnerships in which the Policy Analysis Center is working with the technology community to ensure continual innovation in business-to-business solutions.”

For more information on the project, contact Sommer at

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