In an effort to understand how XML can be used in the business world, it is necessary to understand how XML can be used in the business world; it is necessary to understand the origins of XML. It is of importance to understand what XML is and is not. There is a history behind what has brought XML out as a new emerging database technology, and a future as to how it will be utilized in the times to come. In an effort to understand what XML will become it is necessary to realize how the component technology of the past has evolved to XML. In order for XML to be useful to e-commerce, it is necessary for the software to be able to accept and parse XML via Sybase Enterprise Application Serve (EA Server). The reception with which XML has been received has been a mostly positive one.

However, there has been some opposition to it. There are various reasons for the implementation of XML over its predecessor, HTML. The user-friendliness of XML is an item that will be addressed as well as what XML can provide that is different from its competitors. XML can be compared to relational databases from the past. There are a plethora of standards in the business sector of which XML must relate to. In an effort for XML to move toward the future, one can consider the repository "framework" of examples such as Microsoft's BizTalk.

XML is heading into the future, and some of the expected applications include banking, e-commerce, enterprise financial data, litigation documents, and enterprise parts lists. As XML continues to grow so too will the applications that are used for it.