The Open Applications Group Releases XML Application
The Open Applications Group publishes XML Document Type (DTDs) on their
Chicago, Illinois, USA - January 18, 1999
The Open Applications Group, Inc. (OAGI), a non-profit industry
consortium comprised of many of the most prominent stakeholders in the business software
component interoperability arena in the world, today announced publication of a full set
of Extensible Markup Language (XML) Document Type Definition (DTD) files that define
interoperability APIs for Financials, Human Resources, Manufacturing, Logistics, and
Supply Chain components.
"We believe that the publication of these DTDs will decrease costs
and complexity for organizations that are wrestling with the problem of tying together
their business applications," said David Connelly, President of the Open Applications
Interoperability model expressed in XML DTDs.
The Open Applications Group, Inc. members have built a common model for
business software application component interoperability over the last three years. The
model is described in their Open Applications Group Integration Specification (OAGIS).
OAGIS describes the major components, their integration dialogs, and the content of those
dialogs for many key enterprise business applications, including financials,
manufacturing, human resources, supply chain, and logistics.
Now, the content of the OAGIS specification has been expressed in a
machine readable format in the form of XML Document Type Definitions (DTDs) for all of the
currently defined Open Applications Group Business Object Documents. The machine-readable
Document Type Definitions (DTDs) necessary to define this integration content in XML have
been published on the OAGI website and are available for public access at: <http://www.openapplications.org>.
The DTDs will be free of charge to download and use, but a license
agreement will be enacted to maintain ownership of intellectual property.
The Open Applications Group has done extensive prototyping with the XML
language to successfully validate its applicability for large and small-scale business
software application component interoperability and is very pleased with the results. In
fact, the Open Applications Group has been working for over a year with emerging software
tools and associated vendors to ensure a high quality implementation of the OAGIS
specification in XML.
XML is an exciting World Wide Web Standard
Extensible Markup Language is an exciting, evolutionary, meta-data
language, approved as a standard by the World Wide Web Consortium in February 1998. XML
evolved from the Standard Generalized Markup Language (SGML) as a compromise between the
complex SGML and the simple, but non-extensible HTML. It has been described as providing
80% of the benefit of SGML with 20% of the effort and it is being embraced by a broad
cross-section of the industry as the right language for defining the APIs necessary to
make business software components talk to each other.
XML is actually a language for creating markup languages that describe
data and rules about the data. It requires applications to be defined to it before it can
become truly useful. The process of defining applications is done through the use of the
Document Type Definition, which defines the tags and rules within XML for a well-formed
XML document. The Open Applications Group, Inc. has defined the tags and rules for
business software component interoperability in this application.
Since XML is data base-neutral, operating system-neutral, and
device-neutral, it is an effective tool for defining heterogeneous interoperability. This
is also in complete alignment with the Open Applications Group stated technology strategy,
which is to be technology aware, but not technology specific.
Release of DTDs is applauded
The reaction from customer organizations to the publication of the XML
Document Type Definitions demonstrates their anticipation of
improved interoperability through the use of this exciting new capability. "Im
very pleased that the Open Applications Group has decided to publish the DTDs for the
integration of business applications", said Ed Harter, Ph.D. a manager of
developmental computing programs within Boeings Phantom Works. "Im
looking forward to working with the Open Applications Group more closely in the future.
Their approach is very practical and I believe it has considerable potential for easing
the burden of integrating both commercial off the shelf and legacy applications."
Vendors as well as customers see this as a major step forward and
demonstrates the extent to which the Open Applications Group is fostering an environment
of cooperation among stakeholders in this effort. "DataChannel is very excited about
the Open Applications Group providing their DTDs for public consumption. We are certain
that this will further extend the visibility of the groundbreaking work of the Open
Applications Group and engage various industry segments to participate in the wide-spread
adoption of XML - based integration. The Open Applications Group and their work on
the OAGIS specification is an essential part in DataChannel's technology vision of an XML
- based architecture for enterprise - wide information exchange," said Norbert
H. Mikula, Director of Architectural Services at DataChannel, Inc.
About the Open Applications Group, Inc.
The Open Applications Group, Inc. is the leading business software
interoperability association in the world. It advances industry awareness of issues and
solutions regarding interoperability of software business components and strives to evolve
those solutions into a best practices model while providing an impartial forum for all of
the stakeholders in the industry to further improve the model and learn.
OAGI membership is comprised of many of the most prominent application
vendors and associated organizations in the world, and includes American Software, Inc.,
CODA, Component Software, Computer Associates, CrossWorlds Software, DataChannel, DATEV
eG, EnvisionIt, Extricity Software, Fortress Technologies, GloTech Solutions, IBM Adv.
Mfg. Solutions Unit, Indus International, Integrated Systems & Services, J. D. Edwards
& Company, Marcam Solutions, Inc., NEC Corporation, Oracle Corporation, PCS,
PeopleSoft, Inc., PricewaterhouseCoopers, PSDI, Inc., QAD, Inc., Robocom Systems Intl.,
SAP AG, Teklogix, TSI, Vitria, and webMethods.
For Further Information
For further information, please visit our web site at
www.openapplications.org or contact OAGI Headquarters, 401 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago,
Illinois 60611, USA; telephone +1 404 627 4454; Fax: +1 404 627 7771; or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.