Two ebusiness industry standards groups have announced a joint attempt tohelp drive eXtensible Markup Language, or XML-standard, activities.
RosettaNet, which has more than 400 members including Cisco,Microsoft, Intel and Hewlett Packard, has joined the Business InternetConsortium (BIC).
BIC was founded in late 2000 by Compaq Computer, Dell Computer, Hewlett Packard, IBM, Microsoft, SAP and Computer Associates with the aim of accelerating the adoption of ecommerce.
"XML is becoming the de facto language of ebusiness, yet customers needinteroperable solutions, not more proprietary technology," said ColinEvans, Intel director of ebusiness standards.
According to Evans, by joining BIC, RosettaNet will help to drive convergence on XML implementations and allow its experience to benefit BIC members such as Ford Motors and Charles Schwab.
A spokeswoman for RosettaNet said the group, which brings a substantial amount of ebusiness XML standards expertise and research to the consortium, regards BIC as the right forum to secure interoperability.
As a neutral organisation, BIC is not obligated to one industry standard, but has a view across many industries, she said.
The two groups will come together to participate on the BIC XML-based eBusiness Standard Convergence Workgroup. The workgroup is developing a generic XML-based standards reference stack and best practice guidelines for B2B processes, as well as a roadmap for businesses to migrate to the stack.
The workgroup expects to make recommendations to various standards bodies, such as the World Wide Web Consortium and OASIS, by the end of this year and the early part of next year.
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