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Drummond Group to Lead XML Infrastructure Pilot for Open Applications Group and Automobile Industry

Austin, Texas, USA. July 12, 2001.

Drummond Group, Inc., a leading supply chain strategy firm, will facilitate definition of a set of XML based Infrastructure specifications and protocols for the Open Applications Group Inc. (OAGI) and the Standards for Technology in Automotive Retail (STAR) consortium. OAGI and STAR have partnered to lead a series of specification building projects focused on automotive distribution business processes and the messaging infrastructure supporting them. Drummond Group will lead the messaging infrastructure development effort for this group.

"Drummond Group brings tremendous experience to the project and we are very excited about collaborating with them on this important initiative," says David Connelly, President and CEO of Open Applications Group Inc.

"The challenge lies in connecting diverse business process and cultures with a common technology infrastructure," says Rik Drummond, Project Leader and Chief Scientist of Drummond Group Inc. "In our experience, we find that the readiness of sharing the information to find a common ground is as important as finding the technology piece. And, we applaud the automobile industry for their openness and willingness to work together on these issues. We look forward to working with the automobile manufacturers and distributors in building a common messaging platform to reduce costs, streamline communication and build a solid return on investment for their efforts."

Drummond Group, Inc. ( is a senior-level strategy practice whose discovery and analysis processes have successfully assisted a multitude of diverse companies from Fortune 100 to start-ups. Started in 1990 by Rik Drummond, a recognized industry expert in eBusiness, the vendor neutral group works on linking horizontal infrastructure technologies, standards and interoperability issues with the needs of vertical industry such as retail, grocery, healthcare and transportation.

Open Applications Group Inc. ( -- The Open Applications Group (OAGI) is a non-for-profit consortium building and delivering XML schemas and business process collaboration definitions for e-Business and Application Integration.

The OAGI is the largest publisher of horizontal, framework independent, XML-based messages and business collaboration definitions for business software interoperability in the world. The work supports ebXML, BizTalk Framework, and the RosettaNet Implementation Framework. The Open Applications Group has hundreds of live sites worldwide and nearly 80 software and services vendors supporting the work.

The Standards for Technology in Automotive Retail (STAR) organization ( is the Information Technology (IT) standards body for the retail automotive industry. The goal of STAR is to use voluntary IT standards as a catalyst to fulfill the business information needs of dealers and manufacturers, thus reducing the time and effort previously required supporting this activity.


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

Prepared by Robin Cover for The XML Cover Pages archive. See (1) "Standards for Technology in Automotive Retail (STAR)" and (2) "Open Applications Group".

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