Fujitsu Interstage Business Process Interoperability
Fujitsu Interstage Demonstrates Business Process Interoperability for the Automotive Retail Industry
Open Applications Group, Inc. (OAGI) Project Shows Fujitsu Interstage Providing Business Process Integration across Vendors Utilizing ebXML, OAGIS and Standards for Technology in Automotive Retail (STAR) Specifications
San Jose, California, USA. August 21, 2002.
Fujitsu Software Corporation today announced that Fujitsu has successfully shown Business Process interoperability utilizing B2B specifications that are being developed to meet the needs of the North American automotive industry. The demonstration executed a business process scenario developed by the STAR consortium based on the OAGI's Business Object Document (BOD) specification for interoperable Extensible Markup Language (XML) messages and the Electronic Business XML (ebXML) framework. The OAGI is the largest publisher of XML-based business messages in the world.
The demonstration was conducted at the OAGI technical meeting in Detroit, August 13-15, attended by automobile companies, manufacturers from other industries, industry organizations and IT vendors. Fujitsu and Sybase, Inc exchanged messages, implementing STAR's Parts Order scenario using Open Application Group Interoperability Specification (OAGIS) BODs and ebXML specifications. This interoperability test proved that Fujitsu's Interstage CollaborationRing can communicate with other ebXML products, using STAR's BODs and business scenarios implemented using ebXML Business Process Specification Schema (BPSS), the ebXML Collaboration Protocol Profile and Agreement (CPPA), and ebXML Message Service (ebMS).
"The BPSS demonstration project will accelerate production deployments of B2B applications based on OAGIS and ebXML technology," said David Connelly, President and CEO of the Open Applications Group. For example, a STAR-based system enables an automobile manufacturer to respond rapidly to a dealer request for a part through an automated supply chain, saving time as well as transaction and inventory holding costs. "OAGI and its member companies, all leaders in e-Commerce, are proud to be able to work with Fujitsu and the auto industry to deploy state-of-the-art solutions that will materially reduce costs and increase agility in the auto industry. The OAGI/NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) B2B Test Bed is a compelling resource supporting standards based cross-vendor B2B integration and interoperability testing that helps users streamline deployment of new B2B applications with their business partners and suppliers."
The OAGI specification has been adopted by the Auto Industry Action Group (AIAG), STAR and Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA) consortiums for next generation business language and data messaging architecture. These organizations have formed collaborative initiatives with OAGI to design XML-based messages conforming to and extending the OAGI BOD library for eBusiness and Application Integration and the ebXML framework for B2B.
The organizations' B2B infrastructure is Internet-based and utilizes elements of the United Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business' (UN/CEFACT) ebXML specification -- a B2B protocol being deployed worldwide. The results of these initiatives will enable auto industry companies to conduct business in real time by communicating data in common terms using standardized business processes.
The interoperability demonstration was a project of the OAGI/NIST B2B Test Bed -- a joint initiative of the OAGI and NIST, which strives to advance the state of the art in B2B. The B2B Test Bed is available to users and vendors for testing and validating business level data exchanges among business partners utilizing open, standards based approaches.
"We are pleased to announce the successful execution of a business process level interoperability test with our products - Interstage Application Server and CollaborationRing," said Masahiko Fujita, Senior Vice President, Software Group, Fujitsu Limited. "This is one of our contributions to make Web services work in the real business world."
Fujitsu has participated in the OAGI BPSS test project to promote an open and global eBusiness environment, and to demonstrate its commitment to interoperability. Fujitsu, an active participant in ebXML standards, has authored the initial version of the Reliable Messaging specification in ebXML Message Service and is chairing the ebXML Implementation, Interoperability and Conformance (IIC) Technical Committee.
The Fujitsu products used in this interoperability test are Interstage Application Server V 5.0 and Interstage CollaborationRing V 5.0. Interstage CollaborationRing provides quick, easy, and efficient collaboration for companies deploying e-Business implementations with a standards-based infrastructure for process integration. The product includes ebXML implementations. Interstage Application Server is a J2EE1.3/CORBA compliant application server that supports ebXML, SOAP, UDDI, WSDL and other current standards. These products are available today for Windows in North America, and will be available by the end of August for Solaris. Both products are already available in Japan. The Sybase products used were Sybase Web Services Integrator 2.5, and Sybase EAServer 4.1. Sybase EAServer integrates J2EE 1.3, secure enterprise Web services, as well as C/C++, PowerBuilder(R) and COM, for a complete e-Business application framework. For more information, visit the EAServer Web site: http://www.sybase.com/easerver
About Fujitsu Software Corporation
Fujitsu Software Corporation, based in San Jose, California, is part of the Fujitsu Limited family. Fujitsu Software Corporation leverages Fujitsu's international scope and expertise in developing and providing information technology solutions. Fujitsu Software Corporation's products include INTERSTAGE, e-business infrastructure software that includes the INTERSTAGE Application Server and INTERSTAGE i-Flow, and NetCOBOL.For more information, visit http://www.fsw.fujitsu.com.
About Fujitsu Limited
Fujitsu is a leading provider of customer-focused IT and communications solutions for the global marketplace. Pace-setting technologies, high-reliability/performance computing and telecommunications platforms, and a worldwide corps of systems and services experts make Fujitsu uniquely positioned to unleash the infinite possibilities of the broadband Internet to help its customers succeed. Headquartered in Tokyo, Fujitsu reported consolidated revenues of 5 trillion yen (about US$38 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2002. For more information, please see: http://www.fujitsu.com/.
About Sybase, Inc.
Sybase is the enterprise infrastructure company that bridges heterogeneous technologies. With industry-leading Enterprise Portal (EP), mobile and wireless solutions, essential integration products, and high performance database management systems, Sybase is one of the largest independent software companies in the world. For more information, visit the Sybase Web site: http://www.sybase.com.
About the Open Applications Group, Inc.
The Open Applications Group, Inc. is a non-profit consortium of end users and leading enterprise software vendors focusing on best practices and process-based XML content for e-Business and Application Integration. It is the largest publisher of XML-based content for business software interoperability in the world. Open Application Group, Inc. members have over seven years of extensive experience building this industry consensus based framework for business software application interoperability and have developed a repeatable process for quickly developing high-quality business content and XML representations of that content. OAGIS has been selected by UN/CEFACT as one of the approved ebXML payloads. Its library of over 200 XML documents provides a broad set of cross-industry business objects that are being used by hundreds of users around the world to effect application to application data exchange in both internal and B2B settings. For more information, visit the OAGI Web site at www.openapplications.org, or you can contact the organization by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Prepared by Robin Cover for The XML Cover Pages archive. See: (1) "Electronic Business XML Initiative (ebXML)"; (2) "Open Applications Group"; (3) "Standards for Technology in Automotive Retail (STAR)."