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RosettaNet Extends to Singapore

E-business standards consortium RosettaNet spread its wings over Singapore with the opening of its Architecture Center of Excellence, the group said Friday.

The Santa Ana, Calif.-based organization said the $1.4 million center is a collaboration with Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) and Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP). Private and public firms Cisco Systems, GridNode, HP, IBM, Institute for Information Industry, Intel, Microsoft, NCS, Oracle and Singapore Computer Systems have also pledged support for the center.

The center gives RosettaNet and its partners a way to help small and medium enterprises in the region streamline supply chain communications while working within the confines of local laws and customs. RosettaNet said it could also help its clients explore how they can take advantage of the latest in Web services and RFID tags.

Following the establishment of its Architecture Advisory Committee, RosettaNet said the center will also take advantage of industry standards in high-tech segments and adjacent verticals, and is expected to "further drive business benefits, including reduced inventory 'days of supply' (e-logistics), improved cash flow (e-payment), accelerated time-to-mark (collaborative design) and overall improved supply chain visibility."

Herman Stiphout, president of RosettaNet, said Singapore is a perfect place to set up operations as manufacturing and supply chain activity moves en masse to Asia. The consortium has made great progress in the last few years with similar centers in countries like Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan and with China's Ministry of Standards and Technology.

"As B2B industry infrastructure continues to mature, a greater number of emerging technologies and related frameworks are introduced into the marketplace," Stiphout said in a statement. "In creating the center, we acknowledge that architecture is a critical element of the standard. This is a significant opportunity for RosettaNet to accelerate strategic consortium initiatives that drive worldwide adoption and implementation," he continued. "In addition, the center helps strengthen RosettaNet's footprint in Asia and drives continued collaboration with dynamic industry partners, such as IDA and NYP, as well as our valued member community."

NYP will host the center at its School of Information Technology in Singapore and provide resources to manage the operations and coordinate development work. Staff and students will have opportunities to engage in projects and capability development programs. Additional resources, such as on-loan architects, hardware and software, are being sponsored by RosettaNet's corporate partners, including Cisco, HP, IBM, Microsoft and Intel.

Initially, the center will include nine architects and a director. Ongoing, the team said it would cooperate with RosettaNet's Architecture Office, reporting directly to Paul Tearnen, RosettaNet vice president of Standards Management. And the center's staff will regularly interface with members of RosettaNet's Architecture Advisory Committee, as well as partners and staff.

In October 2004, a delegation representing the Architecture Center is scheduled to visit RosettaNet at its corporate headquarters for a two-month training program. After that, the commission returns to Singapore for hands-on application training in the center.