A Technical Introduction to XML for Transactions and BIC Realtime

Page last updated 1st june 2021

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Purpose of the Course
The use of XML for transactional communication in the book supply chain is on the increase. This course will chart the development of XML alternatives to traditional EDI and look in detail at how standards such as UBL, EDItX and BIC Realtime are changing the way that the book supply chain communicates. 

Benefits of Attending
Delegates will be introduced to the XML message formats that underpin BIC Realtime, as well as other alternatives to traditional EDI.

To ensure our attendees get the most out of the day, we limit the number of delegates for this course to 10.

Course Level
A basic knowledge of XML principles and some technical experience of working with XML is recommended. It is also assumed that delegates will have some level of technical understanding of traditional EDI to provide a basis for comparison with XML and BIC Realtime

Course Outline
Although the content of this course can be tailored to a certain degree to its attendees, the topics covered will include:

  • XML principles: a quick refresher
  • EDI and XML in perspective: a historical view; goals compared; pros and cons of using XML for transactional communication
  • XML formats for transactional communication in the book supply chain: a survey of the alternatives, with particular attention to UBL and EDItX
  • A brief introduction to web service architectures: SOAP and REST
  • BIC Realtime APIs / web service and associated XML message formats

Read the full course outline here.

The Trainer
Francis Cave, Consultant. (Read about BIC Trainers, here).

Date & Frequency of this Course 
This course is currently taking registers of interest only. Please note that BIC will not schedule a date for this course until we have a full list of delegates. Once enough delegates have been identified, BIC will endeavour to run the course within 6-8 weeks.

To register your interest in attending this course, please see the 'Registration' section, below.

Course Location
The Publishers Association, London.

Course Length
This is a full day course. 

On the Day 
All of BIC’s full-day courses include refreshments and a full working lunch.

BIC Members £345 + VAT
Friends of BIC £405 + VAT
Non Members £460 + VAT

NB: Travel and accommodation costs are not included in the ticket price.

Discounted rates apply to BIC members only. Not sure if your organisation is a BIC member? Check our members list here.

Register your interest in attending this course here.
For further information, please see the 'Frequency of this Course' section, above.

Once a date has been agreed for this course, registration will be carried out via Eventbrite. Payment on Eventbrite is accepted via VISA, Mastercard and American Express.

Alternative Payment Option: If you would prefer BIC to invoice your organisation directly, please contact info@bic.org.uk. Please note that this process will incur a £25.00 administration fee.

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