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CPFR Data Interoperability

Seven Vendors Achieve CPFR Data Interoperability in UCC-sponsored Test

First Interoperability Test of CPFR Standards to Drive Adoption in Business Community

Princeton, N.J. / Austin, Texas, USA. August 6, 2002.

The Uniform Code Council, Inc. (UCC), leaders in facilitating efficient international business, and the Drummond Group Inc. (DGI), a vendor-neutral interoperability consultancy, today announced the results of the first interoperability test for software products supporting the VICS CPFR (Collaborative Planning, Forecasting, and Replenishment) initiative.

The test was sponsored by the Uniform Code Council and used EAN.UCC CPFR XML standard schemas and EDI-INT AS2 technology for message transport.

The initial round of CPFR testing put in place transactions and data transfer from different databases. During the three-month test, seven participating software companies successfully achieved data interoperability for sales forecasts, sales forecast revisions and product activity. These vendors included i2 Technologies, Inc, IPNet Solutions, Inc., JDA Software Group, Inc., Logility, Inc., Manugistics Group, Inc., SAP, and Syncra Systems, Inc. The test, recognized as the first of its kind worldwide, was designed and managed by DGI, using the DGI Interoperability Compliance Testing Processes. Additional support was provided by the Voluntary Interindustry Commerce Standards (VICS) Association and VICS member companies, which provided sample data.

Developed in 1998, CPFR is becoming a widely accepted business practice, enabling trading partners to improve business processes, reduce costs, and improve customer service and inventories. The growth of CPFR has created a demand for e-business software products to address and support collaborative commerce activities.

Rik Drummond, the CEO of DGI said, "Assembling this group of international software companies and testing their CPFR products for interoperability against a standard for business processes is a milestone to be proud of. This is the first time two leading-edge layers of technology -- including the AS2 messaging layer -- were tested. We commend the participants for their hard work and efforts to promote interoperability in the marketplace."

Bernie Hogan, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of the Uniform Code Council added, "The products that were successfully tested for interoperability now give trading partners more choices and flexibility when selecting CPFR software. Interoperability also benefits CPFR acceptance because it helps users improve the efficiency of their business by reducing capital expenditures and increasing data accuracy."

The UCC and DGI announced that future interoperability tests will be conducted to address additional functionality within the CPFR schemas. Future test rounds will include error handling, bulk data, and message choreography. The next CPFR interoperability test is scheduled to begin in November 2002. Companies wishing to participate in the testing program can get additional details by visiting the DGI website at

Participating Companies in the UCC/Drummond Group CPFR Interoperability Validation Test:

Company                          Products

i2 Technologies, Inc.     i2 Supply Chain Collaboration 6.0
IPNet Solutions, Inc.     BizCollaborate v2.2
JDA Software Group, Inc.  Marketplace Collaborative Planner v2003.1.0
Logility, Inc.            Voyager Collaborate 6.5.04
Manugistics               Manugistics NetWORKS Collaborate v7.0
SAP America, Inc.         SAP Advanced Planner and Optimizer (APO) v3.0, a component of mySAP Supply Chain Management
Syncra Systems, Inc.      Syncra Xt v4.0

About the Uniform Code Council (

The Uniform Code Council, Inc. (UCC) is a not-for-profit standards development organization originally founded in 1972. The UCC, along with its global partner EAN International, administers the EAN.UCC System, which includes the Universal Product Code (U.P.C.) and other tools to facilitate efficient global trade. The EAN.UCC System is used by nearly one million member companies worldwide. The UCC functions as a primary resource for business and industry, developing worldwide identification codes, data carriers, and electronic commerce.

About Drummond Group Inc. (

The Drummond Group Inc. works with software vendors, vertical industry and the standards community to drive adoption for standards by facilitating vertical industry pilots, interoperability conformance testing and building competitive supply chain strategies. Founded in 1990, the vendor-neutral group represents best-of-breed in the industry on linking horizontal infrastructure technologies, standards and interoperability issues with the needs of vertical industry such as retail, grocery, healthcare, transportation, government and automotive.

About the CPFR Standard

CPFR creates collaborative relationships between buyers and sellers through co-managed processes and shared information. By integrating demand and supply side processes, CPFR will improve efficiencies, increase sales, reduce fixed assets and working capital, and reduce inventory for the entire supply chain while satisfying consumer needs. For more information, please visit

CPFR is a registered trademark of the Voluntary Interindustry Commerce Standards (VICS) Association.


Uniform Code Council
Ms. Terry Erman
Tel: +1 609/620-4543


Drummond Group Inc.
Ms. Beth Morrow
Tel: +1 512/335-5606

Prepared by Robin Cover for The XML Cover Pages archive. See: (1) "VICS CPFR XML Messaging Standard"; (2) "Uniform Code Council (UCC) XML Program."

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