Web-Based Solution to Speed RosettaNet Automated Enablement

GXS looks to allow smaller suppliers to connect with larger trading partners for cross-enterprise business processes

GXS looks to allow smaller suppliers to connect with larger trading partners for cross-enterprise business processes

Beijing — April 20, 2005 — GXS, a provider of business-to-business (B2B) e-commerce solutions, and RosettaNet today announced that GXS has demonstrated production readiness for RosettaNet's Automated Enablement (RAE) program.

The RAE program is creating the RosettaNet standards intended to reduce costs and accelerate the time needed to enable an e-business relationship. RosettaNet is a technology industry consortium working to create and implement industry-wide, e-business process standards. Intel Corporation has been instrumental in deploying RosettaNet standards to trading partners around the world.

"RosettaNet standards are seamless to the company or person using them, but they vastly improve a company's business processes," said John Cartwright, product manager for manufacturing and product information at Intel. "It enables suppliers and customers to easily automate supply chain tasks such as collaborative demand forecasting, order management, shipping and receiving logistics, invoicing and payments. This translates into significant increases in operational efficiencies when multiplied across the supply chain."

Enabling Connectivity, Lowering Complexity

GXS said its RAE capability will allow suppliers without internal RosettaNet capabilities, or with intermittent connectivity, to successfully trade with larger or more enabled partners. This will automate the exchange of information between trading partners of all sizes, helping to lower the complexity level, time strain and costs associated with initiating a production trading relationship, GXS said.

By using a standardized B2B transaction process, companies can reduce costs, respond to customer requests quicker and make the supply chain more efficient, according to the solution provider.

"GXS is playing an instrumental role in the development and proliferation of RosettaNet standards," said Herman Stiphout, president of RosettaNet. "By embracing and advancing RosettaNet standards, GXS is putting smaller suppliers on par with larger enterprises in the supply chain."

RosettaNet standards provide a common, global e-business language designed to align processes between trading partners. They enable seamless and secure, real-time B2B transactions through system-to-system integration between customers and trading partners. One advantage of RosettaNet standards is the ability to build reusable interfaces throughout an industry characterized by multiple trading partners.

This service will be offered by GXS as part of the Trading Grid, GXS' integration platform designed to enable and streamline cross-enterprise business processes. GXS' RAE capability is available to enable trading using RosettaNet standards at low cost, the solution provider said.

Leveling the Playing Field

"An effective, efficient supply chain is crucial to business success in any industry," said David Kraemer, vice president of high tech industry marketing at GXS. "Recognizing that, GXS is committed to supporting and advancing a variety of e-commerce standards and technologies including RosettaNet."

Kraemer said that GXS' RAE capability would bring the benefits of B2B automation to small and midsize businesses and would help level the playing field between them and larger enterprises that already are RosettaNet-enabled. "This capability also further builds upon the benefits of GXS' Trading Grid, ensuring that customers, large and small, have best-of-breed supply chain support," Kraemer said.

GXS said that Trading Grid is the world's largest electronic business community, used by more than 30,000 trading partners every day to exchange goods and services. The platform helps customers automate global trading communities by shielding complexity from rapidly changing standards, eliminating manual and duplicative efforts and enabling a new level of process integration and business intelligence, GXS said.

For more information on solutions for mid-market enterprises, see "Stuck in the Middle" in the April/May 2004 issue of Supply & Demand Chain Executive.