Business Internet Consortium Proposes First Workgroups

Workgroups Will Remove Barriers and Accelerate the Move to eBusiness



Apr 25, 2001, 01:00 ET from Business Internet Consortium

    PORTLAND, Ore., April 25 /PRNewswire/ -- The Business Internet Consortium,
 an open industry group formed to develop cross-industry, eBusiness
 implementation guidelines, today proposed five new Workgroup topics.
     Each with its own charter of expertise, the Workgroups allow for
 specialized discussion and serve as an outlet for customers and vendors to
 discuss topics relevant to the eBusiness space.  The Workgroups include:
 eBusiness Customer Requirements, eBusiness Education Curriculum, eServices
 Architecture, Peer-to-Peer Process Automation and XML-based Standards
 Convergence.  Companies interested in any of these topics are invited to
 participate by notifying the Business Internet Consortium at
 admin@BusinessInternetConsortium.org.
     "The formation of the Workgroups marks an important step in the Business
 Internet Consortium's effort to address industry transition to eBusiness,"
 said Karl Chen, director of worldwide marketing for Dell's Enterprise Systems
 Group and Steering Committee member.  "We're already seeing significant
 traction in establishing and sharing best practices.  These Workgroups will
 give members a way to influence the development of reference architectures and
 assist in shortening the cycles required to develop interoperable and
 industry-common solutions."
     The Workgroups will individually schedule meetings and use collaborative
 Internet technologies and teleconferencing.  With meetings beginning in Q2,
 the Workgroups will produce reference designs and comment on proposed existing
 technologies and specifications.  The Workgroups' output will be made widely
 available to the industry through various forums.  The output will also be
 published for members on the Business Internet Consortium Web site and in
 white papers.
     "The Workgroups will allow member companies to deploy eBusiness solutions
 tailored to their specific needs more quickly and cost-effectively," said
 Britt Mayo, CIO of Pennzoil-Quaker State Company and Customer Advisory Board
 member.  "They do so by allowing members to influence the direction and
 implementation of existing and pending eBusiness technologies.  The Business
 Internet Consortium gives vendors quick-response access to a varied
 cross-section of customers who will ultimately approve and deploy their
 solutions."
     The Customer Advisory Board (CAB), which consists of BT Financial Group,
 Charles Schwab, Capital One, Ford Motor Company, Gillette, ImageX.com,
 Pennzoil-Quaker State Company and Reuters, provides input and review to the
 Workgroups.
     More information on the Workgroups can be found at
 www.BusinessInternetConsortium.org.
 
     Business Internet Consortium
     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 eBusiness
 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
    PORTLAND, Ore., April 25 /PRNewswire/ -- The Business Internet Consortium,
 an open industry group formed to develop cross-industry, eBusiness
 implementation guidelines, today proposed five new Workgroup topics.
     Each with its own charter of expertise, the Workgroups allow for
 specialized discussion and serve as an outlet for customers and vendors to
 discuss topics relevant to the eBusiness space.  The Workgroups include:
 eBusiness Customer Requirements, eBusiness Education Curriculum, eServices
 Architecture, Peer-to-Peer Process Automation and XML-based Standards
 Convergence.  Companies interested in any of these topics are invited to
 participate by notifying the Business Internet Consortium at
 admin@BusinessInternetConsortium.org.
     "The formation of the Workgroups marks an important step in the Business
 Internet Consortium's effort to address industry transition to eBusiness,"
 said Karl Chen, director of worldwide marketing for Dell's Enterprise Systems
 Group and Steering Committee member.  "We're already seeing significant
 traction in establishing and sharing best practices.  These Workgroups will
 give members a way to influence the development of reference architectures and
 assist in shortening the cycles required to develop interoperable and
 industry-common solutions."
     The Workgroups will individually schedule meetings and use collaborative
 Internet technologies and teleconferencing.  With meetings beginning in Q2,
 the Workgroups will produce reference designs and comment on proposed existing
 technologies and specifications.  The Workgroups' output will be made widely
 available to the industry through various forums.  The output will also be
 published for members on the Business Internet Consortium Web site and in
 white papers.
     "The Workgroups will allow member companies to deploy eBusiness solutions
 tailored to their specific needs more quickly and cost-effectively," said
 Britt Mayo, CIO of Pennzoil-Quaker State Company and Customer Advisory Board
 member.  "They do so by allowing members to influence the direction and
 implementation of existing and pending eBusiness technologies.  The Business
 Internet Consortium gives vendors quick-response access to a varied
 cross-section of customers who will ultimately approve and deploy their
 solutions."
     The Customer Advisory Board (CAB), which consists of BT Financial Group,
 Charles Schwab, Capital One, Ford Motor Company, Gillette, ImageX.com,
 Pennzoil-Quaker State Company and Reuters, provides input and review to the
 Workgroups.
     More information on the Workgroups can be found at
 www.BusinessInternetConsortium.org.
 
     Business Internet Consortium
     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 eBusiness
 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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