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Subject: RE: [eps] Please Respond by Thursday, June 12 - RosettaNet as source for eBusiness Process standards

Title: RE: [eps] Please Respond by Thursday, June 12 - RosettaNet as source for eBusiness Process standards

Hello Terri and EPS Team,

Please include RosettaNet (http://www.rosettanet.org) in the list of sources for eProcurement standards. 

I have been assigned as the liaison for RosettaNet to the OASIS EPS team and can provide detailed information regarding our existing order management standards and implementation experience from the high-tech industry.  The recent press releases regarding the OASIS and RosettaNet Standards Alliance are included FYI.

I am very excited about working with the EPS team and I look forward to learning how we can share/align our high-tech eBusiness Process standards with the global multi-industry OASIS solution. 

Please let me know if you need assistance in researching sources in addition to RosettaNet.  I'd be glad to help.

Kind regards,
Karen Cox
Senior Director, Milestone Programs

 -----Original Message-----

June 3, 2003
OASIS and RosettaNet Set Standards Alliance
By Michael Singer
Cementing their casual relationship, industry standards consortia, OASIS (Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards) and RosettaNet Tuesday said they are now working in tangent to streamline Web services specifications for supply chain companies.

The groups actively participate in the technical work of the other but say the partnership (dubbed the "Standards Development-to-Implementation Alliance") is a chance to advance e-business standards without having to do double the work.

"The two groups have always worked informally together. What this does is clarify our work on complex long-lived processes," RosettaNet Vice President of Standards Management Paul Tearnen told internetnews.com. "We're in the process of looking at both organization's roadmaps and finding out where does it make sense for RosettaNet to lead and where does it make sense for OASIS to lead. On a technological level, RosettaNet may move a little faster, but it will always keep in mind what OASIS is doing and make sure that the technologies will be compatible."

The Santa Ana, Calif.-based non-profit and subsidiary of the Uniform Code Council (UCC) is also focused on building a master dictionary to define properties for products, partners, and business transactions.

Under the new partnership for example, RosettaNet can use standards developed by OASIS, such as ebXML and the Universal Business Language (UBL), to create processes at a content level. OASIS, in turn, said it will look to RosettaNet for domain-specific input to make sure universal standards within and between industries are relevant.

As a first step, RosettaNet has jumped onboard 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.

OASIS has already done some major work in this area. The Boston-based non-profit, international consortium creates interoperable industry specifications based on public standards such as XML and SGML. Last week, the group announced that it is working to create a language that would help intrusion detection products and firewalls communicate during security attacks.

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.

The groups say possible areas for future collaboration and cross participation are messaging services, advanced business process descriptions, constraint representation, document presentation, repository and meta data standards.

Some analysts are hoping as the OASIS specs migrate increasingly towards Web Services-centric implementations, it will pull the RosettaNet specs in that direction as well.

"The only cautionary note is that it's not clear how Web Services specs (such as SOAP, WSDL, and the UDDI as well as the security and reliability specs) fit in to the picture," ZapThink Senior Analyst Ronald Schmelzer told internetnews.com. "It's interesting to note, in addition, that the WS-I wasn't involved in this standards convergence effort, which is their main purview as well."

"Business owners are looking for clarity and for things to come together into single solutions and so having multiple solutions in a particular technology area does no good," Tearnen said. "This is a natural shakeout in a technology space where you have different organizations working on different pieces so that you'll never have a single organization doing all the work. Instead, we can divide and conquer."

Tearnen said the alliance is hoping to attract other groups and should start seeing the fruits of its combined efforts later this year.



Kind regards,
Karen Cox
Senior Director, Milestone Programs

 -----Original Message-----
From:   ttracey@ism.ws [mailto:ttracey@ism.ws]
Sent:   Wednesday, June 11, 2003 4:12 PM
To:     eps@lists.oasis-open.org
Subject:        [eps] Please Respond by Thursday, June 12

Hello, all.  As mentioned in the meeting minutes I sent out last week, and in order to keep as close to our schedule as possible, I would really appreciate it if you could take the time to identify the organizations we need to begin working with on eprocurement standards.

The minutes stated:

1.      Identify organizations, within and outside OASIS, which may have developed standards for electronic purchasing and procurement.

2.      Contact the outside organizations to find out what they've been doing.  Get as much documentation from them as possible.

3.      Concurrently, review various TCs within OASIS to (a) find out what they might be doing in the eprocurement areas for their particular charters; (b) let them know our plans so we can synergize activities / outcomes; and (c) make sure we're not doing double work.

Once I get the suggested organizations from everyone, I can put a list of them together and begin getting volunteers who will contact them.  I'll also develop a template so we'll all be asking the same questions.  I'll plan to get this out to you by the first of next week.

Thanks for your time and energy!

Terri Tracey
EPS Chair

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