How RosettaNet Standards Help Businesses Operate More Efficiently

RosettaNet is a non-profit organization founded in 1998 that publishes e-business global standards. The formation of RosettaNet came for the need to have a common language for business transactions between supply chain partners. Businesses that use RosettaNet's standards operate more efficiently and not communicate much easier with trading partners.

Since 2002, RosettaNet has been a subsidiary of GS1 US-based supply chain solutions providing business standards (on a global basis) the appropriate documentation that reinforce processes within trading networks. The development and deployment of the standards have been valuable for the evolution of global trading-partner relationships and electronic sharing of business information. It has been strengthening trading relationships for high-technology trading networks for years.

The RosettaNet consortium consists of leaders in the IT industry, many of whom work in the fields of computers, consumer electronics, and telecommunications. It is within this group where members can exchange key information that will help businesses. Members are asked to work amongst each other to design specifications and innovations as open, industry-wide e-business standards.

The outcome of the RosettaNet standards has opened the lines of communication among high-tech industries. Implementation of the standards has improved e-business communications and has helped businesses operate more efficiently to automate business-to-business (B2B) processes.

The development of RosettaNet standards has provided the essential elements to enhance messaging capabilities and has supported individual company needs when it comes to automating end-to-end e-business processes. The standards have simplified B2B processing, workflow and collaboration. They've also introduced flexible processes for e-business operations, have standardized information exchange and overcome technical and financial barriers to global commerce.

The RosettaNet standards are fundamental for small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs) to enable process automation for specific business applications. The standards provide the indispensable business communication between supply-chain trading partners using networked applications.

The collaboration to publish the RosettaNet standards has led to the development of the RosettaNet Automated Enablement (RAE) program, which reduces the amount of time and money needed to implement new Partner Interface Processes (PIPs) and presents a viable option for e-business processing between trading partners. In a nutshell, the RosettaNet standards permit the use of pre-built PIPs.

Since 2003, Microsoft has been using the RosettaNet Payment Milestone Program toolkit to drive the automation of cash payments for supply chain transactions and cash-reporting using Extensible Markup Language (XML) standards. The toolkit, which is part of the BizTalk Accelerator for SWIFT, provides quick and easy transaction exchange over the SWIFT network using Microsoft BizTalk Server 2010 to cut costs.

When Microsoft BizTalk Server 2010 is combined with RosettaNet-specific tools, it can reduce the time and resources needed to supply chain partners with the necessary information to begin implementing PIP process specifications of automatic, semi-automatic, or manual transactions.

The BizTalk Accelerator for RosettaNet Enterprise Edition is an example of the Microsoft business technology solutions for B2B integration. Microsoft's BizTalk framework integrates diverse systems that can support the adoption of e-business standards for exchanging information.

In essence, the BizTalk/RosettaNet integration uses XML technologies to address different aspects of e-business: BizTalk provides XML-based solutions for communication between applications and organizations; the XML defines various types of data exchange for B2Bs and facilitates trading exchange online. The RosettaNet document standard, which is also based on XML, provides the framework for companies to interact and process transactions, making it possible for electronic data interchange (EDI) to share and move information along within supply chains.

There are many benefits for using BizTalk and RosettaNet to make business operate more efficiently: when it comes to e-business data exchange and application integration, they both deliver solutions for companies and between trading partners to develop a strong return on investment (ROI).

If you're looking to implement systems and processes that will make your company function more effectively, Gold-Certified Microsoft consultants at Innovative Architects (IA) can help. Contact us and inquire about how Microsoft BizTalk services can help your company accomplish its goals.