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GE Information Services Supports RosettaNet

GE Information Services Successfully Implementing RosettaNet XML Pilot Program

Arrow Electronics and NEC Technologies Working Alongside E-Commerce Leader to Utilize New Technologies Within RosettaNet Partner Interface Process Pilot

MENLO PARK, California. June 10, 1999.

Today, at the RosettaNet board meeting, GE Information Services announced that they are implementing XML technologies in a Partner Interface Process (PIP) pilot program with RosettaNet colleagues, Arrow Electronics, Inc. and NEC Technologies. GE Information Services, Arrow Electronics and NEC Technologies are among the first companies to be implementing a purchase order PIP pilot within the RosettaNet framework. As a continuation of the program, GE has recently delivered a pilot version of their translation software, EDI Application Integrator, with XML extensions.

A RosettaNet PIP is a specification using XML designed to align a specific business process between trading partners. The purchase order PIP (PIP3A1) provides a mechanism for creating, cancelling and exchanging a purchase order between various business partners. Arrow Electronics and NEC Technologies joined GE Information Services in the pilot program because of their interest to exchange business information using the XML specifications as defined by RosettaNet.

"In working with GE Information Services on the RosettaNet purchase order PIP pilot program, we are very optimistic that we will be able to leverage and standardize the use of XML in our electronic commerce infrastructure," said David Westmoreland, vice president and chief information officer for Arrow Electronics, Inc. "Capitalizing on existing EC software like GE's Application Integrator alleviates some of the costs associated with implementing new technologies."

The open architecture of GE's Application Integrator is the foundation for its ability to accommodate Enterprise Application Integration (EAI) data transformation capabilities as well as support emerging EC technologies such as XML and the RosettaNet PIPs. Application Integrator is a powerful one-pass data transformation and management system enabling companies to electronically exchange business documents, such as purchase orders and invoices, with their trading partners using standards or proprietary formats. The Enterprise Application Integration transformation component from GE's Application Integrator software with XML extensions is being tested by Arrow Electronics and NEC Technologies.

"Being involved in the RosettaNet PIP program with GE Information Services brings us one step closer to utilizing XML as a standard means of exchanging business documents with our trading partners," said Kimberlie Flowers, vice president, Strategic Systems and Technology for NEC Technologies.

"We believe that XML will become a pervasive enabling technology for future business-to-business electronic commerce. However, in order for XML to truly fulfill its potential, there need to be conventions for its use among trading partners," said F.R. Campagnoni, chief technology officer for GE Information Services. "RosettaNet is putting these conventions into place to allow for interoperability among different vendor implementations. GE Information Services, along with Arrow Electronics and NEC Technologies, is implementing the interoperability specification and is prepared to move forward."

Founded in 1998, RosettaNet is an independent, self-funded, non-profit consortium dedicated to the development and deployment of standard electronic commerce interfaces to align the processes between IT supply chain partners on a global basis. RosettaNet can be found on the World Wide Web at

The RosettaNet Managing Board now consists of 34 CEOs, CIOs and executives representing global members of the IT supply chain, including: American Express, Arrow Electronics, Avnet, CHS Electronics, Cisco Systems, CompUSA, Compaq, Computacenter, Deutsche Financial Services, EDS, Federal Express, GE Information Services, GSA, Hewlett-Packard Company, IBM, Inacom, Ingram Micro Inc., Insight, Intel, Marshall Industries, Microage, Microsoft, Netscape, NEC Technologies, Office Depot, Oracle, pcOrder, SAP AG, Siemens, Solectron, Tech Data, 3Com, Toshiba Information Systems and United Parcel Service.

Arrow Electronics, Inc. is the world's largest distributor of electronic components and computer products, with 1998 sales of $8.3 billion. Headquartered in Melville, New York, Arrow serves as a supply channel partner for more than 600 suppliers and 175,000 original equipment manufacturers and commercial customers through more than 200 sales facilities and 26 distribution centers in 35 countries. Detailed information about Arrow's operations can be found at

NEC Technologies, Inc., headquartered in Itasca, Ill., is a leading manufacturer of computer peripherals and other technology products for the North American market. Award-winning product lines include MultiSync desktop and presentation monitors, MultiSync portable LCD projectors and fixed-installation CRT projectors, SuperScript printers and Automated Fingerprint Identification Systems (AFIS). The company also develops and markets a wide range of optical storage products, and various technology products for the automotive market, including airbag sensoring systems and flat-panel display monitors. NEC Technologies, Inc. is an affiliate of NEC Corporation. Information on the company and its products can be obtained by calling 1-800-NEC-INFO or visiting the Web site at

GE Information Services internetworks companies with their business partners through the power of electronic commerce. As the experts in global electronic commerce, GE delivers a full suite of solutions that streamline the extended supply chain, including Electronic Data Interchange, messaging gateways, Extranets, electronic catalogues and electronic marketplaces. GE manages the world's largest electronic community of more than 100,000 trading partners. GE Information Services is part of the General Electric Company, USA, and is headquartered in Gaithersburg, Maryland. The company's Web site is

SOURCE: GE Information Services

Prepared by Robin Cover for the The SGML/XML Web Page archive. For additional information, see "RosettaNet."

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