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BIC Publishes XML Conceptual Model

BIC Drives B2B Automation With Agreement on XML Conceptual Model

Ford Motor Company, Intel, RosettaNet and Other e-Business Leaders Publish a Common Framework and Case Studies

Portland, OR, USA. November 19, 2001.

The Business Internet Consortium, an open-industry group formed to accelerate the move to e-Business through industry collaboration, today announced the publication of the Extensible Markup Language (XML)-based e-Business conceptual model developed by the consortium's XML e-Business Standards Convergence Workgroup. The conceptual model calls out the recommended protocols, standards and implementations for e-Business.

"The Business Internet Consortium is driving e-Business processes forward by specifying B2B integration and deployment guidelines," said Pat Gelsinger, Intel Vice President and Chief Technology Officer. "More than $500 billion dollars will be exchanged via Internet-based B2B transactions this year. Intel is working with the Business Internet Consortium to speed further e-Business deployments by giving IT customers a vital roadmap of key technologies for B2B implementations."

Ford Motor Company, Intel Corporation and RosettaNet provided case studies of their specific e-Business implementations, backing up the guidelines published by the Business Internet Consortium. RosettaNet is a leading XML standards body, with more than 400 member companies. Intel Corporation is a leading user of e-Business processes, conducting nearly $24 billion in online transactions in 2000. Ford Motor Company is a leading proponent of e-Business processes among automobile manufacturers and vendors.

The case studies give e-Business managers and developers a quick way to survey the common implementations among existing e-Business leaders. The Ford Motor Company case study details how the company collaborates with hundreds of suppliers using XML-based technologies. The Intel case study describes the company's implementation of RosettaNet technologies for managing relationships with hundreds of trading partners. The RosettaNet case study summarizes the RosettaNet Implementation Framework and Partner Interface Processes and their relationship with the Business Internet Consortium conceptual model.

"There are more than 250 iterations of XML for various industries and applications," said Terry Spires, Intel marketing manager and Business Internet Consortium Chairman. "So many standards have been proposed that it's difficult for managers to pick the winners. The Business Internet Consortium worked with industry leading companies and standards bodies to develop these recommendations. And, with the support of the case studies, the conceptual model is not just a collection of colorful 3D boxes stacked together with creative names. They actually relate to real systems in production."

Going forward, the XML e-Business Standards Convergence Workgroup will share requirements and identify architectural gaps with standards bodies including OAGI, RosettaNet, OASIS, W3C and UN/CEFACT. Additionally, the group is considering studying how Web Services technology could be more effectively used in B2B automation.

Current members of the XML e-Business Standards Convergence Workgroup include Ford Motor Company, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Intel, Pennzoil-Quaker State, RosettaNet and SAP. More information about the XML Convergence Workgroup and other Workgroups can be found at or by emailing

About The Business Internet Consortium

Leading technology providers and end-user companies have joined together to form the Business Internet Consortium, aimed at promoting the advancement of the industry toward the next generation of e-Business. The Business Internet Consortium serves as a forum for end-user companies to engage with technology providers to address emerging technologies and issues. The Business Internet Consortium Workgroups tackle critical issues, recommend architectural direction, provide standards and technology recommendations and propose best practices. More information about the Consortium and its initial projects can be found at

Prepared by Robin Cover for The XML Cover Pages archive.

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