Stores Magazine - January 2007 - (Page 124)

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This is a strategy based on open standards and ARTS standards are critical to any SOA project for retail. SOA is a complete strategy for IT; identifying business services and processes to automate, connecting all locations within the enterprise to the Internet and communicating data across different technology platforms within and outside the business enterprise. What does this mean to the business? SOA will extend the life of existing applications, enable the sharing of services such as order processing and tracking with business partners and reduce the cost of application integration. Richard Mader is executive director of ARTS. See us at NRF BIG Show The ARTS Standards Pavilion Booth 2155 on the NRF BIG Show exhibit floor is the place to learn how to create an efficient SOA using ARTS’ and other standards. Find out m o r e a b o u t general SOA planning and implementation, or get more specific information on the role of the ARTS data model and XML schemas in SOA. Oracle and SAP will explain how they are capitalizing on their use of standards to move to SOA and how this will help your business. ARTS XML schemas are already available to act as carriers of retail data within an SOA. In the pavilion, PCMS, Softechnics, IBM and Escalate Retail will demonstrate their use of the POSlog, item, price, inventory and other standard schemas to integrate various applications. Retail Anywhere w i l l demonstrate its data modelc o n f o r m a n t POS solution and explain how the model serves as the data architecture to organize the entire retail enterprise while guaranteeing the retailer flexibility to rapidl y implement business change. Soft Solutions will demonstrate its MDM solu- tion and how utilizing a data model enables retailers to succ e s s f u l l y implement their merchandise and marketingmanagement solutions. UnifiedPOS, the ARTS standard for connecting peripheral devices to POS terminals with minimal programming changes, is being transformed to operate in an SOA environment using web services. Web Services for POS W S - P O S will use XML, WSDL and SOAP to connect devices to applications using web services; eventually, the web service could be loaded into the device itself. M i c r o s o f t and IBM will provide a look at how this will work by demonstrating conceptual versions of WSPOS. While WS-POS is in development, UnifiedPOS continues as the standard for device connectivity. Epson will be demonstrating the latest version 1.11 in the pavilion. New schemas The Pavilion also features two new standard schemas developed to support e-commerce, Comparison Shopping Engines CSE and Produ c t Content Management PCM . The CSE schema defines standard data formats so retailers can more easily submit detailed product information to CSEs, and the CSEs can respond with standard a c k n o w l e d g e m e n t s , error messages and click information. Channel Intelligence and M e r c h a n t Advantage will p r o v i d e the first working demonstrations of CSE. PCM enables communication and management of images, videos and any content meant for multiple uses from a single copy. AccessVia will show how PCM, in coordination with CSE, can simplify management of online product display. Like all ARTS X M L schemas, CSE and PCM function in an SOA environment. Stop by booth 2155 to learn more about our standards and how they support SOA. And if you would like more information after the show, attend the ARTS SOA Boot Camp — a one-day, no-hype education program January 31 in Orlando. ARTS is pleased, after 15 years of dedicated effort from hundreds of volunteers, to be in a position to provide the “building blocks” that will help retailers take advantage of the huge benefits to be derived from SOA. W W W. S TO R E S . O R G 124 S TO R E S / JANUARY 2 0 0 7 Warning : Unknown : The session id contains invalid characters, valid characters are only a-z, A-Z and 0-9 in Unknown on line 0 Warning : Unknown : Failed to write session data files . Please verify that the current setting of session.save_path is correct /var/lib/php/session in Unknown on line 0 http://WWW.STORES.ORG

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Stores Magazine - January 2007

Contents
Executive Editor's Page
President's Page
UPfRONT
NRF News
Retail People
Concept2Watch
Store Construction
Cover Story: Pay by Numbers
Workforce Management
Human Resources
LPInformation
Credit
Human Resources
Logistics
Warehouse Management
Software
IT Infrastructure
POS
Online Customer Service
Online Retail
ERP
Merchandise Planning
Loeb Retail Letter
ARTS Update
Point of View
Advertising Index
Company Index
Retail Figures
Retail Industry Calendar

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