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RosettaNet Consortium Validates RNIF 2.0

RosettaNet E-Business Standards Consortium Releases Validated Implementation Framework

Partners Collaborate to Ensure RNIF 2.0 Meets Business Requirements in a Production Environment

Santa Ana, CA, USA. September 4, 2001.

RosettaNet, the leader in global e-business process standards, has officially completed validation of the second major release of its implementation framework core specification, which provides the foundational processes and message packaging requirements for supply chain partners to conduct e-business using RosettaNet standards. Validation of version 2.0 of the RosettaNet Implementation Framework (RNIF) provides greater impetus for companies to migrate from RNIF 1.1 to 2.0, and will help prepare them for the future release of RosettaNet products and services designed to measure their own readiness and compliance with RosettaNet standards.

RosettaNet Partners who participated in the six-month RNIF 2.0 Validation Program include: IONA, Peregrine Systems, PTC, TIBCO Software, Viacore, Vitria and webMethods. The Validation Program is RosettaNet's formal process for driving Partner implementation of newly published standards to ensure the highest level of quality. Under the Validation Program, a group of RosettaNet Partners commit to implementing a standard upon publication. The Partners run the standard in production-capable environments for a period of time, providing and reviewing feedback to enhance and ultimately validate the standard.

"Partner participation in the standards development process is vital to the continued momentum of the RosettaNet consortium," said Jennifer Hamilton, CEO of RosettaNet. "The RNIF 2.0 Validation Process is indicative of how the industry is collaborating in identifying key business issues and working together to overcome these critical business challenges. Through the efforts of RosettaNet's Validation Partners, players active in the B2B space are assured that RNIF 2.0 has been put through its paces and is capable of addressing the implementation requirements of companies within the high technology supply chain."

Moving forward, all RosettaNet Partner Interface Processes (PIPs) and versions of the RNIF will be validated. Previously published standards may also be validated if rapid evolution of the respective PIP is required.

"Our Partners have worked diligently to validate RNIF 2.0," said Paul Tearnen, vice president of Standards Management at RosettaNet. "They have implemented the framework in real-world, e-business scenarios and these experiences, along with the combined insights and expertise of each company, has made the latest version of the framework even more robust and better specified."

RNIF 2.0 Background

RNIF 2.0 supports intermediaries such as e-marketplaces and exchanges, accommodates complex multi-document business messages, and contains additional provisions for authenticity, privacy and non-repudiation. The new implementation framework supports complex business messages. For example, companies can now send supporting files such as .pdf, .gif, or other binary documents with their XML-based RosettaNet business messages. This capability can greatly enhance the quality of the information transmitted between trading partners.

As an added benefit, Partners using RNIF 2.0 will have the ability to leverage the forthcoming RosettaNet Ready Developer Tools, which will allow companies to gauge the compliance of software products or trading partner network implementations with RosettaNet specifications in a cost-effective manner. The Developer Tools software emulates the operation of a RosettaNet-based trading partner solution, executing PIPs running in an RNIF 2.0 environment. The program's other service, Software Compliance Badge subscription, will test solution compliance by PIP version under RNIF 2.0. The RosettaNet Ready Developer Tools subscription is slated for release the week of September 10, 2001.

Additional security measures have been added as well. Companies can take advantage of enhanced privacy and integrity measures such as digital signatures and payload encryption by using S/MIME. The S/MIME standard replaces RosettaNet's previous format and keeps the RNIF closely aligned with other cross-industry implementation frameworks.

In an effort to assist small- to medium-sized businesses with limited capabilities in their applications, RosettaNet has included support for synchronous responses within RNIF 2.0. Using this support, an application replies to a request by returning the results on the same connection on which the request was received. This support allows simple applications incapable of complex server-like behavior to participate in a RosettaNet-based trading relationship.

RNIF 2.0 also includes support for HTTP, HTTPS and SMTP transfer protocols to accommodate e-marketplaces, exchanges, portals and other intermediaries that route information on behalf of buyers and sellers. RNIF 2.0 specifies what information is added to message headers to enable these intermediaries to route the business messages to their final destinations correctly.

RNIF 2.0, which will continue to be supported by the consortium until the next major release, can now be downloaded from the RosettaNet Web site at

About RosettaNet

RosettaNet is an independent, non-profit consortium dedicated to the collaborative development and rapid deployment of open Internet-based business standards that align processes within the global high-technology trading network.

More than 400 companies representing over $1 trillion in annual information technology, electronic components and semiconductor manufacturing revenues currently participate in RosettaNet's standards development, strategy and implementation activities. A complete list of member companies and more information on RosettaNet is available at

Partner Quotes

"The validation of RNIF 2.0 is of great significance to the RosettaNet Community and IONA's customers," said Klaus-Dieter Naujok, chief scientific officer at IONA. "Standards are pivotal in enabling customers to participate in open and flexible communication with partners and suppliers, and a key driver in promoting the longevity of e-business initiatives. The IONA e-Business Platform adheres to RosettaNet standards, and now embraces RNIF 2.0. Our commitment to RosettaNet is fundamental to the success enjoyed by over 4,500 organizations who rely on our technology to run their businesses." PR Contact: Jonathan Daly @ 781/902-8139 (

" Peregrine Systems is proud to have worked directly with RosettaNet to develop and validate RNIF 2.0," said Steve Gaylor, AVP of worldwide product marketing for the E-Markets Group at Peregrine. "Peregrine, member of the Solutions Provider Board, has already brought to market more than 40 RosettaNet implementations and provides ongoing support for the organization with staff and resources." PR Contact: Wendy Gold @ 404/467-3343 (

"A key element of TIBCO's product strategy is to provide solutions based on industry standards," said Fausto Ibarra, senior product line manager for TIBCO Software. "TIBCO's solutions for RosettaNet fully support the RNIF 2.0 standard on all major platforms. This support is enabling industry leaders in the information technology, electronic components and semiconductor manufacturing supply chains to increase efficiencies and save money through collaboration with their trading partners." PR Contact: Caroline Phillips @ 650/619-5109 (

"We are pleased that Viacore was among the RosettaNet Partners who participated in the RNIF 2.0 validation effort," said Linda York, Viacore's Vice President of Marketing and Business Development. "The release of RNIF 2.0 is an important milestone for the high-tech industry's continued adoption of RosettaNet process standards, and we expect many companies will leverage this rollout as a way of moving existing RosettaNet implementations to the next level." PR Contact: Chris Lorenz @ 949/725-1610 (

"As one of the original architects behind the RNIF, Vitria is proud to continue its leadership role by participating in the RosettaNet Partner Validation effort", said Janelle Hill, director of marketing, Manufacturing Sector. "Timely implementation of leading industry standards is key to our product and solutions strategy. RNIF 2.0 is not only an important milestone for the high tech industry; it also aligns nicely with our vision for secure, reliable, and robust e-commerce processes that other industries and standards bodies can leverage. Vitria will continue to support RosettaNet standards in its solutions for the high technology sector and other industries." PR Contact: Richard Kain @ 408/212-2660 (

"Since the consortium's inception, webMethods has recognized the value of developing an open, Internet-based standard for automating mission critical business processes within the high-tech manufacturing industry," said Kim Trudel, vice president, Product Development Programs of webMethods, Inc. "As an active participant in defining the RosettaNet Implementation Framework, webMethods is dedicated to ensuring each version of the Framework has been validated and is of the highest quality. We are pleased to be one of the original companies in the RNIF 2.0 Validation Program." PR Contact: Nicole Keating @ 703/460-5960 (

Prepared by Robin Cover for The XML Cover Pages archive. See "RosettaNet."

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