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Quick Takes: Setting standards

The XML e-business Standards Convergence Workgroup has developed an Extensible Markup Language-based e-business conceptual model setting protocols, and standards for e-business implementations.

E-business model developed

The Business Internet Consortium, an open-industry group formed to accelerate the move to e-business through industry collaboration, published the Extensible Markup Language-based e-business conceptual model developed by the consortium's XML e-Business Standards Convergence Workgroup. The conceptual model calls out the recommended protocols, standards and implementations for e-Business. Members of the XML e-Business Standards Convergence Workgroup include Ford, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Intel, Pennzoil-Quaker State, RosettaNet and SAP.

BlueStar earns SAP certification

BlueStar Solutions, Cupertino, Calif., a provider of enterprise application outsourcing services, has earned SAP Public Services certification for state and local governments. BlueStar Solutions is partnering with public consulting organizations, such as Solbourne and IBM Public Services, to provide government agencies with a way to create a high performance e-government environment using mySAP.

SAS/ACCESS interface released

SAS Institute, Cary, N.C., a software partner, has released its SAS/ACCESS interface to SAP Business Information Warehouse software. SAS is designed to extract SAP BW data for fast answers to questions about their customers, suppliers and internal organization, the company said.

Agilera presents seminar

Agilera, Englewood, Colo., an application service provider, will present a Web seminar for SAP Employee Self-Service Nov. 27, at 1 p.m., eastern standard time. The 60-minute, live Web event for human resources professionals is the first in a series by Agilera and is free and open to all. It will teach participants how to maximize efficiency of human resource functionality. Registration is at:

SAP opens Australian research center

SAP is establishing a research center in Brisbane, Australia, joining other SAP research centers in Tokyo, Palo Alto, Calif., Karlsruhe, Walldorf, Bangalore and Johannesburg. The Brisbane center will be based in the SAP Brisbane office, catering to most industry sectors in cross-organizational business processes and mobile computing. SAP will join in research projects with Queensland University of Technology. The Distributed Systems Technology Center located at University of Queensland will be carried out with the SAP Brisbane Research Center.

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