Members of Rosettanet have started piloting the consortium's ecommerce standards for IT supply chain and are dubbing this implementation phase, eConcert.
Rosettanet was formed about a year ago (see VNU Newswire, 19 June, 1998) with the aim of developing a common language and common interfaces based on XML that would define a standard way for organisations' business processes to work when dealing with supply chain issues.
The goal was to enable manufacturers in the IT industry to communicate more effectively with their ISVs, distributors, resellers, systems integrators and customers - and so reduce costs. Honorio Padron, CompUSA's chief information officer, claimed that implementing eConcert could shave as much as 20 per cent off a company's bottom line.
But Fadi Chehade, Rosettanet's chief executive, said: "eConcert is about putting together partners in the supply chain to orchestrate the global implementation of PIPs [partner interface processes], which are standards for supply chain processes. We formed the concept of partner dances or pilots, and eight dances are now taking place between 16 partners, engaging in real PIPs and building their infrastructure around it."
Partners that are currently working together to implement one or more interoperable PIPs include Ingram Micro, IBM, Microsoft and Insight, and IBM, Microage, American Express, Ingram Micro and CHS.
Three of the eight partnerships are expected to complete their pilot phase by 25 June, five more are scheduled to follow by 9 August, and the rest of the Rosettanet membership has committed to implement the consortium's standards by 2 February, 2000.
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