AIAG, STAR, JAMA/JAPIA, And ODETTE Agree On IT Standards To Support Automotive Industry Business Vocabularies

DETROIT, Nov. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- A strategic memorandum of understanding was announced today that will reduce complexity in communication from automotive dealerships through to suppliers, for the first time fully engaging the entire worldwide supply chain with a global standard that will set the stage for seamless, interactive business communications.

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The Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG) and Standards for Technology in Automotive Retail (STAR) jointly announced the signing of an MOU with the Japanese Automotive Manufacturers Association (JAMA), the Japanese Automotive Parts Industry Association (JAPIA) and ODETTE, a European automotive association, to build a global Joint Automotive Data Model (JADM) that will be the foundation for enabling common, consistent business vocabularies at the data level and still allow the various business domains to retain their existing infrastructure and business processes.

JADM will include a consistent set of international standards to ensure the seamless flow of electronic data to support business communication among trading and retail partners in the worldwide automotive supply chain. This sharing of information will reduce cost, enable faster and more efficient implementations and eliminate waste within the manufacturing, supply chain and retail distribution segments of the automotive industry.

"JADM will provide an internationally accepted solution set for internal and extended enterprise data communications that will minimize implementation and ongoing maintenance costs," said J. Scot Sharland, executive director of AIAG.

By the first quarter of 2006, industry participants will be able to access the first version of the JADM through their respective organizations.

"The automotive industry seeks a common, non-proprietary global IT solution -- one that will provide Internet-based connectivity while leveraging their existing IT infrastructure investments," said Dick Malaise, CIO of NADA and steering committee representative for STAR. "The JADM establishes the method to achieve this goal and the 'stepping stones' to complete the transition."

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Founded in 1982, AIAG is a globally recognized organization where OEMs and suppliers unite to address and resolve issues affecting the worldwide automotive supply chain. AIAG's goals are to reduce cost and complexity through collaboration; improve product quality, health, safety and the environment; and optimize speed to market throughout the supply chain. Headquartered in the metro Detroit area, its more than 1,500 member companies include North American, European and Asia-Pacific OEMs and suppliers to the automotive industry. Additional information is available on the Internet at .

About STAR ( )

The Standards for Technology in Automotive Retail (STAR) organization is the Information Technology (IT) standards organization for the retail automotive industry. STAR is leading the effort to implement voluntary IT standards throughout the automotive industry. These standards are designed to support business information needs and provide secure and reliable means for dealers, manufacturers, and retail system providers to communicate. Headquartered in McLean, Virginia, STAR is a not-for-profit volunteer organization and its members include Dealers, Manufacturers and Retail System Providers (RSPs). As members, they are interested in developing, promoting, and administering voluntary IT standards in the retail automotive industry and improving the effectiveness, timeliness and competitiveness of the IT solutions needed within the retail automotive industry.

CONTACT: Liz Pinto of Automotive Industry Action Group, +1-248-358-9794

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