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RosettaNet Seeks Guidance on B2B

RosettaNet announced Thursday it established the Architecture Advisory Committee (AAC) to sift through the myriad emerging technologies and related architectural frameworks in the marketplace.

More than a dozen tech companies, including Cisco Systems, IBM, Intel and STMicroelectronics, have partnered with RosettaNet to gather information about such technologies as multiple messaging services and electronic business XML and then use the information to advise clients on how to optimize their Web services systems.

RosettaNet Vice President Paul Tearnen said the committee allows the subsidiary of the Uniform Code Council (UCC) to focus on its integrator role.

"Right now, we're in a document exchange world where I push a document to you and you read it," Tearnen told internetnews.com. "In a Web services world, you are invoking a Web service. It is a higher level of integration, as my partner and I are corresponding into a tighter collaboration."

The AAC has a couple of projects on its plate already. One will help set the direction and development of the RosettaNet Integration Architecture (RIA) roadmap. The group will also make recommendations to RosettaNet's Executive Committee regarding architectural, convergence and foundational program decisions proposed by council members and RosettaNet staff.

The committee will also help RosettaNet create services that enhance the scalability of B2B in the interests of RosettaNet members, generally, while protecting the commercial interests of solution provider members, specifically.

Tearnen said the group has been together and meeting on a regular basis. Some of the early work on the multiple messaging services has already been done, and RosettaNet is expecting to publish its deliverable in either late 2004 or early 2005. Work on defining business Web services has just started and guidelines are not expected until 2005.

The establishment of the AAC also helps streamline some of the work RosettaNet had been doing to outline its architectural development.

Historically, the consortium's global industry councils were comprised of business executives responsible for addressing e-business needs and making decisions. With the number of RosettaNet councils expanding to new industries, the consortium said it noticed an increasing number of duplicate discussions. The AAC now lets RosettaNet unite the dialogues down to a single committee.

"In the past, RosettaNet's Global Industry Council members did not have the technical focus to assess detailed architecture decisions," said Bill White, CIO of Amkor Technology and chair of RosettaNet's Executive Committee. "This factor was a primary driver in the decision to create a new committee to oversee the consortium's architectural direction and growth."

Tearnen and Jean-Claude Monney, vice president of IT strategies and e-Business at STMicroelectronics, have been tapped to lead the AAC. RosettaNet said its architecture office, currently headed up by Suresh Damodaran, RosettaNet chief technologist (on loan from Sterling Commerce), will also play a pivotal role in promoting and advancing AAC-sponsored initiatives.



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