January 19, 2001, 12:00 AM

Technology vendors form a consortium to address e-business challenges

Don Davis

Editor in Chief

Compaq, Computer Associates, Dell, Hewlett-Packard Company, IBM, Intel Corporation, Microsoft Corp., SAP and others today announced the Business Internet Consortium, a non-profit corporation that will serve as a think-tank for generating technologies and practices designed to address growing e-Business implementation challenges. The consortium, which aims to bring customer and vendor e-business technology priorities closer together, will serve as a global industry group to advocate the e-business architectural directions, interoperable building blocks and common procedures that will be the basis for future e-Business Internet development. Additional consortium participants include Advanced Visual Systems, Agency.com, Bull, Cambridge Technology Partners, Commerce One, CommerceRoute, EMC Corporation, Fourthstage, Fujitsu Siemens, Intershop, Oculus, SAP System Integration AG, Stratus, The Beast.com, Unigraphics, Unisys, Webridge, Zaplet and Zefer. The consortium will be industry's first to solicit direct input from customers on their e-business requirements. Leading customers joining the consortium include Capital One, Charles Schwab and Co., Inc., Ford Motor Company, ImageX.com and Reuters. The consortium is now forming special workgroups to address key e-Business implementation issues facing today's business decision-makers, I.T. managers and customers. Workgroup topics include:
-- Using XML and other technologies to transform traditional business practices into e-Business practices.
-- Integrating existing business systems with new e-Business solutions and architectures.
-- Improving the exchange of e-Business information over multiple devices (mobile phones to PCs, etc.)
-- Addressing latency / concurrency on Intranets.
-- Establishing secure systems that don't require users to continually log-on to systems.

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