Countdown to NRF's Big Show, Part 2

NRF2009.gifAt next week's NRF Conference, retailers that are interested in technology standards should stop by the ARTS booth where they can speak with various committee members about the retail standards that ARTS develops. Oracle is an active participant (Jerry and I with occasional help from Dan) and believes strongly in the goal of lowering integration costs for retailers. Those standards fall into four groups:

1. Peripheral integration standards (JPOS+OPOS=UPOS)
2. Data models (both operational and warehouse)
3. XML schemas
4. Request for Proposal (RFP) templates

You can hear from Richard Halter, Chief Architect at ARTS, in this previous post. The SOA Blueprint for Retail v1.2 and SOA Best Practices v1.2, two documents aimed at helping retailers implement SOA, will be released at NRF. Since I've been participating on both committees for over a year, I'm excited to see them in the hands of retailers. I believe they are now complete, so we don't plan any new updates in the near future.

Also in the booth will be interesting demos from several vendors. Two that jumped out at me are focused on mobile commerce, a topic I follow closely. Both IBM and Epson will be demonstrating how the ARTS standards can help enable mobile POS.

On Monday and Tuesday from 11am to 5pm the ARTS booth with host conversations with special guests on the following topics:
































WhenGuestTopic
Monday 11 - 12Robert Graham – CIO Peak-Aren't You CuriousMaximum IT Support - Limited Cost
12 - 1David Taylor – Owner PCI Knowledge BasePCI Best Practices
1 - 2Peter Burrows – CIO AdidiasImportance of Global Standards
2 - 3Susan Harwood – CIO BordersIT and Business
3 - 4Greg Wilmer – CTO Big LotsSOA Case Study
4 – 4:30Jeff Marshall – CIO Kohl’sHot Button’s with CIOs
4:30Darren O'Connor – CIO The Reject ShopInternational Challenges
Tuesday 11 - 12David Taylor – Owner PCI Knowledge BasePCI Best Practices
12 - 1Viswanath Srikanth – IBM chair of SOA Best PracticesSOA Best Practices
1 - 2Kirstin Wright – Retail Anywhere, chair of DMCData Model 6.0 and Flexible Data
2 – 3John O’Donovan – IT Director Home DepotArchitecture and Data Management
3 – 3:30P. K . Do – IBM chair of RA-POSThe future of POS Device Connectivity
3:30 – 4Jay Heavilon – Chair PCM and CSE and ARS eCommerceManaging Digital Assets
4 - 5Jerry Rightmer – Chair ARTS XML and VP Oracle RetailUsing ARTS to “Jump Start” SOA

I think the discussions by David Taylor, Greg Wilmer, Viswanath Srikanth, and Jerry Rightmer should be of particular interest.

Richard%20Mader.bmpEven if you're not interested in the demos or the discussion topics, its always good to check in with Dick Mader, the director of ARTS and knower of all things retail. As a former CIO at a department store, Dick keeps the committees grounded and working toward content that delivers real value. His latest endeavor has been putting together training to educate retailers on the use of ARTS standards. A small investment up-front could have big payoffs if integration costs can be lowered.

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