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CONSIDER THIS/ ARTS UPDATE Getting Started with ARTS Standards BY ENRIQUE J. GARCIA CASAS There are plenty of reasons to use ARTS Standards to resolve challenges faced by IT in the retail industry. Among the many benefits are vendor neutrality, efficient use of existing resources, reduced and manageable risk and interoperability. Additionally, ARTS Standards planning phases, and determined the model domain in a provide a direct return on inmore precise way. We then proceeded with a multi-disciplivestment by lowering installanary team (integrated by a business consultant, functional tion and start-up costs. All this analyst, development technicians and a database special(and more) is making the use of ist) to complete the implementation study and familiarize ARTS Standards an increasingthe team members with the ARTS Data Model terminology ly common practice in the retail and limitations. industry. An interesting and useful exercise was to compare the Once an enterprise overuse cases in the ARTS XML Price Schema and the enticomes its initial resistance to ties from the ARTS Data Model with our business user using the standards (and the cases; we even extended our user requirements with associated fear that doing so other user cases less frequently found in our market enviwill diminish the competitive ronment. advantage of its proprietary apAs a result of this work, we identified the extensions Enrique J. Garcia Casas plications), a frequent question needed to support the El Corte Ingles specific user cases. is store systems director often arises among potential In this phase of the project the team was helped by an for El Corte Ingles users: “How do we begin to use ARTS Data Model specialist who validated the model exDepartment Stores. ARTS Standards?” tensions, listened to alternative proposals and discussed A practical answer can be found in how El Corte Ingles the design decisions with the project team. uses them to improve the price system in its stores, leverage central repository and store systems and generate “one truth” in selling prices. An interesting and useful exercise Our software architects were worried that the was to compare the use cases in the data model was expanding in a non-systematic ARTS XML Price Schema and the entities way, including multiple repositories with similar logic entities but without a consistent general from the ARTS Data Model with our view. business user cases We needed to unify and rethink the system, moving from “multiple” corporate models to one that was clearly centralized. An improved price system project would serve as a concept test for the unified model Ready for more projects we were seeking. The result was a price data model unifying the central For the last five years, El Corte Ingles has been particirepository and store database that could not have been pating in ARTS’ efforts to provide the retail community with more satisfactory. Not only was the project completed in a a set of standards to improve the communication of data reasonable timeframe, but we now have a working team inside the walls of the business, and we have followed the that is skilled in the ARTS Data Model and is ready to unevolution of the ARTS Data Model and ARTS XML dertake other projects. Schemas. Furthermore, as the vendor community expands its adoption of ARTS Standards, El Corte Ingles has ever-greater opportunities to utilize compatible software applications. Preliminary study Compliance with ARTS Standards is now being included We saw the opportunity to test both for this particular in our RFP for potential vendors, and we are currently project and, in particular, to use the ARTS Data Model as a evaluating the use of the ARTS XML POSlog Schema for reference for our centralized corporate data model. the optimization of our events log in our stores. A preliminary study established the project’s scope and 192 STORES / DECEMBER 2009 WWW.STORES.ORG http://WWW.STORES.ORG

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of STORES Magazine - December 2009

Stores - December 2009
Editor’s Page
President’s Page
Wrapped in Mystery
Hot Colors for 2010
Holding the Line on New Lines
Busting Bad Customers
10 Things You May Have Missed
JCP Teams with Olsen Twins
Retail People
Half Full–or Half Empty?
Retail Industry Buying Guide
Loeb Retail Letter
ARTS Update
NRF News
Point of View
Retail Industry Calendar
End Cap

STORES Magazine - December 2009