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Worldwide Automotive Groups Agree to Form Standard

Published: Tuesday, December 13, 2005 - 22:00

Automotive-industry groups around the world will be able collaborate and communicate more easily with a recently released strategic memorandum of understanding. The Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG) and Standards for Technology in Automotive Retail (STAR) jointly signed the memorandum with the Japanese Automotive Manufacturers Association (JAMA), the Japanese Automotive Parts Industry Association (JAPIA) and ODETTE, a European automotive association. Together, the organizations will build a global Joint Automotive Data Model (JADM) that will form the foundation for common, consistent business vocabularies at the data level, and still allow the various business domains to retain their existing infrastructures and processes.

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

“The automotive industry seeks a common, nonproprietary, global IT solution, one that will provide Internet-based connectivity while leveraging existing IT infrastructure investments,” says Dick Malaise, NADA CIO and STAR steering-committee representative. “The JADM establishes the method to achieve this goal and the ‘stepping stones’ to complete the transition.”

The first version of JADM will be available to industry participants in the first quarter of 2006.

For more information, visit www.aiag.org.


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