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Subject: OASIS and RosettaNet Form Standards Development-to-Implementation Alliance

OASIS and RosettaNet Form Standards Development-to-Implementation

Consortia Collaborate to Advance E-Business Standards Across Industries

Boston, MA, and Santa Ana, Calif., USA; 03 June 2003 – Industry
standards consortia, OASIS and RosettaNet, formalized plans for a
coordinated approach to standards development and implementation that
will streamline business-to-business (B2B) integration practices for
global supply chain companies. The new alliance leverages the supply
chain expertise of RosettaNet with the broad, interoperability focus of

"This is a productive alignment of activities, and where practical, a
convergence of our work," emphasized Patrick Gannon, president and CEO
of OASIS. "Under this scenario, RosettaNet can leverage standards
developed by OASIS, such as ebXML and the Universal Business Language
(UBL), creating implementation-oriented solutions at a content level.
OASIS, in turn, will look to RosettaNet for domain-specific input to
ensure the applicability of universal standards within and between

"By coordinating efforts, standards bodies can effectively avoid the
duplication of development, strengthen existing global standards in
support of ongoing business requirements, and speed time-to-market of
standards solutions," remarked Karen Peterson, vice president and
research director, Gartner, Inc. "Businesses can implement these
valuable standards with confidence, and therefore, more readily connect
with domestic and international trading partners on a broader scale."

As a first step in putting this new agreement into practice, RosettaNet
has assumed a major role in the OASIS Electronic Procurement
Standardization (EPS) Technical Committee. The group provides a forum
for government agencies, organizations, and companies to guide the
coordinated development of global e-procurement standards. The committee
is working to analyze requirements for electronic procurement processes,
identify gaps, and recommend new standards as needed.

"While RosettaNet remains committed to developing business process
standards required to support the complex needs of the high-technology
industry, we also want to realize interoperability across all supply
chains. To that end, we see tremendous value in ensuring our supply
chain standards are supported by cross-industry, universally accepted
standards, such those developed by OASIS," said Jennifer Hamilton,
RosettaNet CEO.

RosettaNet and OASIS have established respective liaison memberships
that allow representatives of each consortium to actively participate in
the technical work of the other. In addition to the OASIS EPS Technical
Committee, RosettaNet representatives contribute to the OASIS UBL
Technical Committee. RosettaNet is also using the binary collaboration
portion of BPSS, initially developed by OASIS, in its PIP specification
format. Possible areas for future collaboration and cross participation
are messaging services, advanced business process descriptions,
constraint representation, document presentation, repository and meta
data standards.

"The RosettaNet and OASIS collaboration should drive a set of robust
business solutions that are easy to implement, interoperable, and
cost-effective," said Colin Evans, Director of Systems Software, Intel
Research and Development, Chairman of the OASIS Board and past Chairman
of the RosettaNet Executive Board. “Both organizations have very
compatible open philosophies and are dedicated to presenting the
e-business community with a unified approach. In addition, RosettaNet
will be able to expose its five years of experience implementing
XML-based transactions in high-tech businesses into a broader community
addressed by OASIS members."

About OASIS (www.oasis-open.org)
OASIS (Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information
Standards) is a not-for-profit, global consortium that drives the
development, convergence, and adoption of e-business standards. Members
themselves set the OASIS technical agenda, using a lightweight, open
process expressly designed to promote industry consensus and unite
disparate efforts. OASIS produces worldwide standards for security, Web
services, conformance, business transactions, electronic publishing,
topic maps and interoperability within and between marketplaces. Founded
in 1993, OASIS has more than 2,000 participants representing over 600
organizations and individual members in 100 countries.

About RosettaNet (www.rosettanet.org)
RosettaNet is a non-profit consortium dedicated to the collaborative
development and rapid deployment of open internet-based business
standards that align processes within the global high technology and
telecommunications trading networks. More than 500 companies,
representing over $1 trillion in annual information technology,
electronic components and semiconductor manufacturing revenues,
currently participate in RosettaNet’s standards development, strategy
and implementation activities. Information on the consortium’s worldwide
activities in the Americas, Europe and Asia, and a complete list of
Partner companies, is available at www.rosettanet.org.  RosettaNet is a
subsidiary of the Uniform Code Council, Inc. (UCC).

For more information:

Carol Geyer
OASIS Director of Communications
+1.978.667.5115 x209

Lynda Yana
Director of Global Marketing & Communications

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