RosettaNet Joins Business Internet Consortium

Joint effort to promote development of generic XML-based standards for B2B processes

Portland, OR  July 19, 2001  The Business Internet Consortium, an open-industry group formed to develop cross-industry e-business implementation guidelines, this week announced that technology industry standards group RosettaNet has joined the consortium to help develop generic XML-based standards for B2B processes.

The two organizations said in a press statement that RosettaNet's membership in the consortium would bring together the efforts of the two e-business consortia to promote supply chain interoperability.

RosettaNet will contribute its XML standards expertise, research and results to the consortium's efforts. RosettaNet members include more than 400 companies that have signed onto the body's efforts to introduce process standards for the information technology, electronic components and semiconductor manufacturing industries. By joining the consortium, RosettaNet will share its learnings with other industries looking to standardize their respective business processes.

"XML is becoming the de facto language of e-business, yet customers need interoperable solutions, not more proprietary technology," said Colin Evans, Intel's director of e-business standards. "RosettaNet is successfully creating Internet e-business processes with hundreds of companies in high tech industries. By joining the Business Internet Consortium, RosettaNet helps to drive convergence on XML implementations and allows their experience to benefit BIC members such as Ford Motor Company and Charles Schwab."

The consortium's XML-based e-business standard convergence workgroup is incorporating customer requirements to develop a generic XML-based standards reference stack and best practice guidelines for B2B processes, as well as a roadmap for businesses to migrate to the stack. The workgroup expects to make recommendations to various standards bodies, such as the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS, a non-profit standards group).

"For B2B e-business to become pervasive, it requires the availability of common vertical and horizontal business process and supporting standards," said Jennifer Hamilton, RosettaNet CEO. "RosettaNet seeks to expand its leadership role within the e-business standards space to reduce confusion and bring clarity around various B2B initiatives in the marketplace. Our work with BIC will help extend ongoing XML standards convergence efforts to those being carried out by the consortium's member companies representing a wide variety of industries."