Abstracts - 3rd USENIX Workshop on Electronic Commerce
Electronic Commerce in Denmark: The Spread of EDI in Business-to-Business Transactions
Niels Christian Juul, Kim Viborg Andersen, and Niels Bjørn-Andersen
Copenhagen Business School
The use of EDI in business transactions is considered
a prerequisite in turning both private and
public business towards electronic commerce in the
next century. The national strategy in Denmark has
been to promote the usage of EDIFACT-based EDI
in both the public and private sector. In our study of
EDI-usage in Denmark, we have found this strategy
only partially fruitful, so far.
We are monitoring the state of EDI usage in
Denmark based on VANS, direct proprietary connections,
and TCP/IP-based networks to evaluate
the governmental actions within the area of EDI.
Our study suggests that the governmental initiatives
have been successful within the areas vital to the
public services and instruments, but lagging in supporting
the private sector's need for EDI and lagging
in the public sector's own management.
Although Internet based EDI is growing, the
business-to-business traffic through VANS, primarily
using EDIFACT, hasn't been hampered.
Throughout the 1995-97 period VANS traffic
shows an annual increase of 33% in number of
bytes and 46% in number of messages.