RosettaNet gets the routing message

RosettaNet, the industry body formed to draft a working language for web-based business transactions, has unveiled a framework which it claims will enable better routing of business messages between systems.

With RosettaNet Implementation Framework (RNIF) 2.0, companies will be able to exchange binary documents, such as PDFs and GIFs, along with their XML-based messages. RNIF 2.0 also includes support for HTTP, HTTPS and SMTP transfer protocols, as well as digital signatures.

IONA, Peregrine Systems, PTC, Tibco Software, Viacore and Vitria were among the participating vendors in the six-month RNIF 2.0 validation programme. However, Oracle and Microsoft, which have in the past been strong supporters of RosettaNet, were both absent from the tests.

Paul Tearnen, vice president of standards management at RosettaNet, said that partners have implemented the framework in ebusiness scenarios, which has made the latest version of the framework more robust and better specified.

According to Tearnen one benefit to partners is the ability to leverage developer tools that allow companies to determine the compliance of software products.

Additional security measures have also been implemented which allow companies to take advantage of enhanced privacy and integrity measures such as digital signatures and payload encryption by using S/MIME. The S/MIME standard replaces RosettaNet’s previous security format and keeps the RNIF closely aligned with other cross-industry implementation frameworks.

Separately, the consortium completed a trial run of a process that allows design engineers to gather component information from suppliers that comply with the RosettaNet standard.

IBM, Lucent Technologies, Texas Instruments and others completed a trial run of the Partner Interface Process (PIP) 2A9 querying process. The program, one of many so-called PIPs, is designed to help companies develop component databases that can be queried by design engineers.

Validation of the standard is expected to ease the task of locating suppliers of components required for a design.

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