Excellent progress was made by the ARTS XML and Data Model committees at the August meetings hosted by IBM at their research lab in Hawthorne NY:
- The Data Model committee has identified 122 enhancements for version 6.0, scheduled for release in January 2009. Members may review this list on the Webboard and provide comments and suggestions. The Data Warehouse work team completed planning for version 2.0, focusing on adding Inventory data to support many additional KPI's.
- ARTS-XML advanced the work on forthcoming versions of the SOA Blueprint and Best Practices Report, to be released at the NRF Annual Convention in New York. Consistent web services practices were defined in a meeting with representatives of the UnifiedPOS committee and the first exploratory meeting on cooperation with OAGi was held. OAGi is a very successful horizontal standards organization that has adopted many of the guidelines of UN/CEFACT, and many retailers and their vendor partners are now using both ARTS and OAGi standards.
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Here's an interesting article that demonstrates how an emerging standard, Web Services for Point of Service (WS-POS) peripherals, allows interoperability between retail peripheral devices (printers, scanners) and point-of-service (POS) applications, irrespective of the platform (Java™ or Microsoft® .NET®) to which they are physically connected.
Web Services for Point of Service applications, Part 1: Retail store peripherals and Web services with POS open standardsWS-POS is a new standard in development at the Association for Retail Technology Standards (ARTS), which addresses the future requirement of sharing peripheral devices, such as printers and scanners, between multiple POS terminals in a retail store. Peripheral sharing makes new retail scenarios possible, which can transform the customer experience. This article briefly reviews the concepts underlying this forthcoming standard and the types of business processes it enables at the retail store.
In the world of retail IT, new and innovative solutions bring many devices and peripherals into the store. In the past, the in-store technology focus for retailers included the traditional front-end point of sale (that is, cash register), associated receipt printers, scanners, and displays. However, the current retail environment includes traditional technology and new POS devices, such as cart-mounted tablets, store associate PDAs, self checkout, and kiosks, to name a few. Outfitting every POS solution in store with a scanner, printer, display, magnetic stripe reader (MSR), and payment device would be too expensive. That's why peripheral sharing in the store is imperative—to provide these new employee and customer touch points and drive accessibility to peripherals regardless of the user's location or the device used in a store. WS-POS offers an open standards-based methodology for enabling these solutions.
Upcoming lecture done by one of my fellow colleague, Sri!
ARTS SOA Blueprint and Best Practices webcast, sponsored by Oracle, was well attended with approximately 75 retailers and vendors dialing in to participate. David Dorf, co-chair of the Blueprint committee, and Viswanath Srikanth (Sri), chair of Best Practices committee, joined Richard Halter, ARTS' chief architect, in reviewing the content of these technical documents and how they can help retailers to implement a successful SOA. If you missed the webcast you can hear the presentation by clicking here: http://nrf.com/dotnet/EventRegister.aspx?eventid=3547
IBM to host ARTS XML and Data Model Committee Meetings at T.J. Watson Labs, Hawthorne NY 18-21 August 2008
This may be the highlight of the 2008 Association of Retail Industry Standard (ARTS) committee meetings. Click here to register.
With SOA Blueprint and Best Practices version 1.1 in final review for a late July release, work on version 2.0 is scheduled to keep these valuable technical implementation guidelines up to date for the hundreds that have downloaded them. Work on Tax v 2.0 and Product Content Management (PCM) 3.0 in cooperation with AAIA will continue.
The Data Model Committee (DMC) has a new release of the dictionary for review and will be deciding on the enhancements to be included in the new release of the Data Warehouse Model. Do you have some favorite Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)? Attend the meeting and support their inclusion in the Warehouse. These projects, along with working on Model release 6.0, has extended the DMC meeting through end of day Thursday.
The recent salmonella outbreak that has forced the recall of tomatoes and jalapeño peppers in the United States has raised the priority on developing XML messages to support country of origin labeling (COOL) and other food-tracking strategies. For example, food has a very large carbon footprint, and some grocers are now labeling products accordingly. Mettler Toledo and Bizerba, two of the largest food equipment manufacturers, have joined together to organize this task. Want to better manage your fresh meat and produce? Come join this effort.
In addition, two special meetings have been arranged as part of the regular quarterly meeting of ARTS XML and Data Model:
- Coordinating ARTS XML and UnifiedPOS web services efforts UnifiedPOS has created XML-POS as the foundation of WS-POS that will permit remote device connectivity as a web service. To complete WS-POS, UnifiedPOS needs to integrate the SOA Best Practices and Blueprint developed by ARTS XML. - Cooperation with The Open Applications Group (OAGi)OAGi is the very successful developer of horizontal XML schemas and messages used across many industries. ARTS members using OAGi standards are requesting guidelines for how ARTS vertical standards can intersect with OAGi.
These meetings are open to ARTS members and prospective members; there is no charge to attend but you must register in advance and guests may attend a committee meeting only once prior to to joining ARTS. Please click here to register.[Read More]
Need a DB2 DDL/schema of the ARTS 4.01 Data Model? Would like XML/XSL of ARTS IXRetail POSLog 1.0 and 2.1 formats? Want to quickly integrate your point of sales system to a data industry model or 3rd party application like a merchandising / supply chain program? Check out the WebSphere Message Broker v6.0 Tlog Processor, a free asset for IBM WebSphere Message Broker to quickly integrate your systems.
In addition, IBM has an enhanced ARTS Data Model with 100s of tracked key performance indicators called the Retail Industry Data Model. It is sold as part of the product called IBM Retail Data Warehouse or the product called IBM Retail Business Intelligence.
IBM - IA64: WebSphere Message Broker v6.0 - TLOG Processor The SupportPac is a set of customized WebSphere Message Broker message sets, subflows and flows, stylesheets, and a customized parser, expressly designed to process transaction log (TLog) data from retail stores. Customers and service teams can further customize or extend the SupportPac by modifying the message sets and flows or by re-combining these components in alternative ways.
This SupportPac includes the following features:- Pre-built input SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol) Message Parser for unpacking TLog messages from stores arriving on an MQ queue. The default configuration of this parser works in synergy with the in-store IBM Retail Store Solutions Data Interchange Facility and either IBM WebSphere MQ or IBM WebSphere MQ Everyplace® (MQe) as the data transport mechanism from the stores. - Pre-built Message Sets for standard messages from IBM Retail Store Solutions 4680-4690 Supermarket Application (SA), IBM 4680-4690 General Sales Application (GSA) and SurePOS™ Application Client/Server Environment for 4690 OS (ACE). - Raw TLog to XML transform (with style sheets), including transform to industry standard ARTS IXRetail POSLog Version 1.0 and 2.1 formats, for SA, GSA, and ACE applications. - Population of IBM DB2® TLog datamart in industry standard Association for Retail Technology Standards (ARTS) Data Model format. This release follows the ARTS 4.01 Data Model. - A batch file interface for subsequent importing of TLog data into Retek™Sales Audit (ReSA) module. - Monitoring of store status and accounting for each message received.[Read More]
ARTS announced three new standards this month to help IT support the Business:
Data Warehouse Model: A totally new design to support business intelligence. Based on the ARTS Data Model, the new Warehouse is more than a data model because it enables a consistent flow of accurate data through our standard XML schemas and/or operational data model directly to a warehouse. If you're looking to enhance your business intelligence, you should review the ARTS Warehouse Model! Read the press release or download the Data Warehouse specification that is free to ARTS members.
Tax Transaction: This new standard links information from tax service providers to a retailer's POS system. The benefits are ability to download the latest tax rules to a retailer's POS and/or tax calculation systems, which then increases the accuracy of tax liability calculations. Do you want to save time maintaining your tax application? Read the press release or download the technical specification. All schema documentation is free to ARTS members.
Retail Transaction Interface (RTI): RTI makes existing Point of Sale (POS) transaction functions available as SOA Services, enabling the business logic behind these services to be easily reused in multiple customer and associate touch-points such as self checkout, fuel at grocery stores, kiosks, shop on the web, store within a store, portable shopper, mobile line buster and other complementary store solutions. Wanting to provide a consistent look and feel to customer from all sales channels? Read the press release or download the technical specification that is free to ARTS members
Read more at http://www.nrf-arts.org/[Read More]
Here are a few highlights:
IBM Super Session, "Harnessing the Chaos in Today's Connected World," hosted by Fred Balboni and featuring Dan Pink: STANDING ROOM ONLY! This Super Session was one of the best at the conference, according to client and NRF feedback. With standing room only and attendance of over 4500 people, we proved once again that our thought leadership sets us apart in retail.
IBM Retail Horizons Overview, moderated by Tyrone Parnell: STANDING ROOM ONLY! Over 425 people packed in to hear the results of the joint research conducted by IBM and NRF. This research supported our IBV research on what drives advocacy with retailers.
IBM Booth Personal Shopper Tours: These were SOLD OUT! We held over 150 personal shopper tours and delivered over 2000 demonstrations in 2 days, showing our Retail Solutions, enabling technologies and innovation in action. In a 5 hour period on Monday we hosted over 600 people in the Multi-sensory Room alone!
NYC Store Tours: These were SOLD OUT! 52 tour guides led hosted over 300 clients on Sunday afternoon to see examples of retailers who deliver a superior shopping experience in their stores.
Del Posto Reception and Dinners: SOLD OUT! We moved our flagship Monday evening hospitality and thank you reception to one of the hottest new restaurants in NYC, hosting over 900 people at our reception and 300 at dinner.
Press and Analyst Briefings: SOLD OUT! We met with over 25 reporters from top tier media including CNN, Fox News, BusinessWeek TV, The Washington Post and Dow Jones resulting in over 50 placements. We met with the top Retail Analysts to update them on our strategy. See below for additional details on our press coverage!
NRF Pavilions: IBM Everywhere! We extended our presence outside the IBM booth and showed deep dives on core offerings and partners in NRF's Customer Experience, X08 Store of the Future, Supply Chain, Green and ARTS pavilions.
In one of my previous posts, I mentioned that IBM is very involved in various Standard Bodies and User Groups. As a person who works very deeply in Retail, we work members of the community to make it easier for our partners to integrate and collaborate with others in the industry. Below are some of the Retail Standard Bodies and User Groups that we work with.
ARTS – Association for Retail Technology Services
DMTF – Data Management Task Force
Rosetta Net (Subsidiary of GS-1)