XML based transactions go live

The pilot implementation phase of the RosettaNet standard has been launched by RosettaNet Japan.

The pilot implementation phase of the RosettaNet standard has been launched by RosettaNet Japan and several other member companies, all of whom will provide input into the continued development of global RosettaNet standards.

Twenty member companies from the Information Technology, Electronic Components, and Semiconductor Manufacturing industries have agreed to participate in this pilot phase, including such high profile names as Fujitsu, Hitachi, IBM Japan, Microsoft, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, NEC Corporation, and NTT Communications Corporation.

During the pilot implementation phase, which will conclude on 3.31.2001, RosettaNet Japan will verify actual usage and evaluate the results of the partners’ implementation projects. The outcome of the pilot phase will provide valuable input into the continued development of global RosettaNet standards.

RosettaNet is an independent, self-funded, non-profit consortium dedicated to the development and deployment of standard electronic business interfaces to align processes between supply chain partners on a global basis.

More than 300 companies representing over $1 trillion in annual information technology, electronic components and semiconductor manufacturing revenues currently participate in RosettaNet’s standards development, strategy and implementation activities.

Arrow Electronics was the first company to begin transacting business over the internet using RosettaNet standards with Intel Corporation earlier this year. Arrow will now conduct live purchasing transactions, using RosettaNet’s Partner Interface Processes (PIPs), with eight of its suppliers and one of its customers.

RosettaNet Partner Interface Processes (PIPs) define business processes between supply-chain partners, providing the models and documents for the implementation of standards. PIPs fit into six Clusters, or groups of core business processes that represent the backbone of the supply chain. Each Cluster is broken down into Segments — cross-enterprise processes involving more than one type of supply chain partner. Within each Segment are individual PIPs.

PIPs are specialized system-to-system XML-based dialogs that define business processes between supply chain partners. Each PIP includes a technical specification based on the RosettaNet Implementation Framework (RNIF), a Message Guideline document with a PIP-specific version of the Business Dictionary and an XML Message Guideline document.

RosettaNet can be found at www.rosettanet.org.