Covisint leads drive to move motor industry from EDI to XML

Covisint plans to lead an industry group that will drive the replacement of Electronic Data Interchange technologies with XML and...

Covisint plans to lead an industry group that will drive the replacement of Electronic Data Interchange technologies with XML and internet-based messaging in the motor trade.

The online automotive exchange said the move to web standards will improve communications between companies in the motor industry and replace costly EDI systems. The messaging solution will also enable smaller companies not currently using EDI to connect to their customers and suppliers.

EDI is a commonly used proprietary data standard developed before the widespread use of the internet in business.

Members of the consortium backing the move include DaimlerChrysler, Delphi, Ford, General Motors, Johnson Controls and Lear. Each has committed financial and human resources to the development of the XML-based system.

Due to be available later this year, the new messaging solution will allow Covisint customers to send and receive data from applications behind each others' firewalls, as well as to Covisint applications, at a significantly lower cost than is available from current EDI solutions.

It will support the latest internet-based protocols and XML standard messages, as well as the millions of EDI (Edifact and X12) messages that are exchanged daily in the automotive business. The specifications for the solution are being developed in cooperation with the Automotive Industry Action Group.

"Covisint's new messaging service will help to enhance open communication and information sharing at all levels of the supply chain," said Gary Valade, executive vice-president, global procurement and supply, at DaimlerChrysler.

What is Covisint?

Covisint is a technology services company whose business-to-business applications and communication services connect the global automotive industry. It provides firms in the motor trade with a common connection to their suppliers and customers based on common business processes.

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