Development and introduction of successful infrastructures for E-commerce requires the respective transaction partners to communicate and cooperate on different levels. Both partners have to develop a mutual understanding on the relevant business processes crossing the firm's boundaries. This includes assigning certain responsibilities and deploying trust mechanisms. In order to support automation of processes it is crucial to agree on interfaces for the exchange of electronic data. In order to develop infrastructures that can be accessed by all potential business partners it is necessary to agree on standards for such interfaces.
Examples for standardisation initiatives in e-business: ebXML