Business Internet Consortium Launches Customer Advisory Board

Led by Charles Schwab, Group Includes BT Financial Group, Capital One,

Ford Motor Company, ImageX.com, Pennzoil-Quaker State and Reuters



Apr 10, 2001, 01:00 ET from Business Internet Consortium

    SAN FRANCISCO, April 10 /PRNewswire/ -- The Business Internet Consortium,
 an open industry group dedicated to developing e-Business implementation
 guidelines, announced at its first all-member meeting the formation of the
 Customer Advisory Board (CAB). The Business Internet Consortium is one of the
 first e-Business consortiums to use customer needs as a primary driver in
 developing e-Business reference designs.
     "Customer Advisory Board members represent a broad spectrum of leading
 companies that have invested heavily in e-Business initiatives, technology and
 services," said Scott Jeffreys, Reuters SVP of Customer Technology Alliances.
 "We have deployed many e-Business tools in recent years. Now, the question is
 how do we continue to fully maximize them. The Business Internet Consortium is
 an ideal medium to develop a hierarchy of needs and have an audience with some
 of the world's biggest technology providers to address those needs."
     The CAB members include BT Financial Group, Charles Schwab, Capital One,
 Ford Motor Company, ImageX.com, Pennzoil-Quaker State and Reuters. The CAB
 will meet quarterly to distill the leading e-Business challenges and to frame
 these challenges for review by Business Internet Consortium members. CAB
 members will discuss industry-specific e-Business needs, review potential
 solutions and project where they want their e-Business operations to be in
 five years, with the goal of accelerating solution development from BIC
 charter members.
     "It's vitally important that technology providers jointly listen and
 respond to customer demands," said Ron Eller, Vice President, Solutions,
 Compaq Industry Standard Server Group. "Our customers have acquired the
 technology for e-Business but many need to optimize their systems for
 interoperability over the Internet. It's our job to listen to customers and
 make the Internet work for them and their businesses with innovative
 solutions."
     The Business Internet Consortium, which aims to bring customer and vendor
 e-Business technology priorities closer together, serves 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 solutions. The Business Internet Consortium approaches e-Business
 challenges from a cross industry solutions point of view instead of the
 traditional technology product point of view. The Board of Directors is
 initially comprised of executives from Compaq, Computer Associates, Dell,
 Hewlett-Packard Company, IBM, Intel Corporation, Microsoft Corp., and SAP.
     Additional Business Internet Consortium participants include Advanced
 Visual Systems, Agency.com, AIIM International, Baltimore Technologies, Bull,
 Cambridge Technology Partners, Commerce One, CommerceRoute, EMC, Engenia
 Software, Fourthstage Technologies, Fujitsu Siemens Computers, Hunt
 Interactive, Intalio, Inc., Intershop, J.D. Edwards, Oculus Technology
 Corporation, SAP Systems Integration, Stratus, The Penn State eBusiness
 Research Center, TheBEAST.com, UGS, Unisys, Webridge, Zaplet and Zefer.
 
     Business Internet Consortium
     The growth of the e-Business environment is driving the need for new types
 of solutions architectures. The Business Internet Consortium serves as a forum
 for customers to engage with technology providers, for members to address
 emerging technology issues, and to accelerate the adoption and deployment of
 next generation e-Business solutions. Aimed at promoting the advancement of
 the industry toward the next generation of Internet Business, the Business
 Internet Consortium will help provide solutions to these issues by:  providing
 a forum for customer input; forming workgroups to tackle critical issues;
 recommending architectural direction; providing standards and technology
 recommendations; and proposing best practices. More information about the
 consortium and its initial projects can be found at
 www.BusinessInternetConsortium.org.
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SOURCE Business Internet Consortium
    SAN FRANCISCO, April 10 /PRNewswire/ -- The Business Internet Consortium,
 an open industry group dedicated to developing e-Business implementation
 guidelines, announced at its first all-member meeting the formation of the
 Customer Advisory Board (CAB). The Business Internet Consortium is one of the
 first e-Business consortiums to use customer needs as a primary driver in
 developing e-Business reference designs.
     "Customer Advisory Board members represent a broad spectrum of leading
 companies that have invested heavily in e-Business initiatives, technology and
 services," said Scott Jeffreys, Reuters SVP of Customer Technology Alliances.
 "We have deployed many e-Business tools in recent years. Now, the question is
 how do we continue to fully maximize them. The Business Internet Consortium is
 an ideal medium to develop a hierarchy of needs and have an audience with some
 of the world's biggest technology providers to address those needs."
     The CAB members include BT Financial Group, Charles Schwab, Capital One,
 Ford Motor Company, ImageX.com, Pennzoil-Quaker State and Reuters. The CAB
 will meet quarterly to distill the leading e-Business challenges and to frame
 these challenges for review by Business Internet Consortium members. CAB
 members will discuss industry-specific e-Business needs, review potential
 solutions and project where they want their e-Business operations to be in
 five years, with the goal of accelerating solution development from BIC
 charter members.
     "It's vitally important that technology providers jointly listen and
 respond to customer demands," said Ron Eller, Vice President, Solutions,
 Compaq Industry Standard Server Group. "Our customers have acquired the
 technology for e-Business but many need to optimize their systems for
 interoperability over the Internet. It's our job to listen to customers and
 make the Internet work for them and their businesses with innovative
 solutions."
     The Business Internet Consortium, which aims to bring customer and vendor
 e-Business technology priorities closer together, serves 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 solutions. The Business Internet Consortium approaches e-Business
 challenges from a cross industry solutions point of view instead of the
 traditional technology product point of view. The Board of Directors is
 initially comprised of executives from Compaq, Computer Associates, Dell,
 Hewlett-Packard Company, IBM, Intel Corporation, Microsoft Corp., and SAP.
     Additional Business Internet Consortium participants include Advanced
 Visual Systems, Agency.com, AIIM International, Baltimore Technologies, Bull,
 Cambridge Technology Partners, Commerce One, CommerceRoute, EMC, Engenia
 Software, Fourthstage Technologies, Fujitsu Siemens Computers, Hunt
 Interactive, Intalio, Inc., Intershop, J.D. Edwards, Oculus Technology
 Corporation, SAP Systems Integration, Stratus, The Penn State eBusiness
 Research Center, TheBEAST.com, UGS, Unisys, Webridge, Zaplet and Zefer.
 
     Business Internet Consortium
     The growth of the e-Business environment is driving the need for new types
 of solutions architectures. The Business Internet Consortium serves as a forum
 for customers to engage with technology providers, for members to address
 emerging technology issues, and to accelerate the adoption and deployment of
 next generation e-Business solutions. Aimed at promoting the advancement of
 the industry toward the next generation of Internet Business, the Business
 Internet Consortium will help provide solutions to these issues by:  providing
 a forum for customer input; forming workgroups to tackle critical issues;
 recommending architectural direction; providing standards and technology
 recommendations; and proposing best practices. More information about the
 consortium and its initial projects can be found at
 www.BusinessInternetConsortium.org.
     *Third party marks and brands are property of their respective holders.
 
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