First ARTS User Conference

I'm on my way to Orlando to attend the first ever ARTS User Conference. There are over 90 attendees signed-up, including many of the world's best retailers. Not bad for an initial gathering. There are two days of presentations planned, plus an optional workshop on day three.

If you're not familiar with ARTS, let me break it down for you. Click on the image below to zoom in a little closer. ARTS provides both a transactional and data warehouse model for use by retailers. It also provides several XML standards for easing integration. Both are derived from a comprehensive data dictionary. They also provide Request For Proposal templates, and specifications for POS peripheral drivers. Lastly, ARTS provides whitepapers and training sessions to help ensure retailers keep up with technology.

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In addition to some of these traditional areas of focus, ARTS is now looking at mobile commerce, cloud computing, and alternate payments. These should drive lots of interesting discussions.

Retailers that choose not to implement or endorse ARTS standards can still benefit from belonging to the organization. There are many educational and networking opportunities that will enhance one's understanding and knowledge about the industry.

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