RosettaNet Members Trumpet Interoperability

Led by Oracle ,
members of the RosettaNet consortium
announced the successful completion of software
interoperability tests.

RosettaNet is a non-profit organization whose goal is to implement standards
for supply-chain transactions on the Internet. Supported along with Oracle
by such members as Microsoft, IBM and Intel, it hashes out
business-to-business (B2B) compatibility standards that many high technology
outfits are keen on adopting. Other organizations, including OASIS and the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), also work to facilitate global e-commerce trade.

Oracle’s involvement with the consortium runs deep, as it spearheads the
RosettaNet Interoperability Program
to ease online collaborations with business partners using the RosettaNet
protocol. webMethods , Sterling Commerce, Tibco Software
, and Vitria all
announced the completion of interoperability trials that prove they are
ready to implement the RosettaNet gateway for their business integration

Creating interoperability among RosettaNet members helps connect RosettaNet
trading partners to reduce costs and deployment time. The news is indicative
of the importance software infrastructure concerns are placing on
established and emerging standards, which many in the industry believe will
help companies get on the same page in terms of interoperability.

Redwood Shores, Calif.-based Oracle scored an industry first Wednesday when its flagship Oracle9i Application Server was certified for implementations.

The technology, dubbed Oracle9iAS Integration, will help eliminate the need
for more costly proprietary programming skills by providing one tool to
define, create, and connect business processes, monitor the integration
process, and enable online analysis and reporting for integration
activities. Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) is an example of a generally more costly technology Oracle is hoping to pry customers away from.

John Magee, vice president of Oracle 9i Application Marketing, said the standard integration addresses
RosettaNet’s compatibility needs for trading partner management, document
transformation, secure communication and process interaction requirements,
while providing a Web-based tool for managing enterprise application
integration, B2B, Web services, business process management and business
activity monitoring.

Magee said the development means manufacturing and other supply chain-based companies
will be able to trim the costs and resources that accompany online
collaboration. It will also make working with business partners less time

After six months of development, Oracle9iAS Integration is RosettaNet certified and will ship with Oracle’s
next release of its application server (Release 2 Version 9.0.4) sometime in
the first half of this year.

In the meantime, Magee said Oracle applications customers can choose a pre-built,
RosettaNet-compliant solution, which includes Oracle9iAS Integration and the
Supply Chain Trading Connector for RosettaNet. Designed for users of Oracle
E-Business Suite, the connector helps ensure that complete business
documents are delivered or used at the correct time and that the exchange
is tracked.

webMethods said it is among the first RosettaNet solution providers and
partners to successfully complete the RosettaNet Interoperability and
RosettaNet Compliance Badge Programs, the latter of which gives customers an
additional layer of confidence that the solution providers are fully
compliant according to published RosettaNet Implementation Framework (RNIF)
2.0 and or specific Partner Interface Processes.

Sterling Commerce has proven its ability to transmit business data and
communicate with other companies using the RosettaNet Implementation
Framework (RNIF) version 2.0. Tibco completed the RosettaNet Software
Interoperability Trials and Vitria’s Vitria’s BusinessWare for RosettaNet
3.2 was found to support interoperability requirements as identified in the
test plan.

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