SOURCE: HR-XML Consortium, Inc.

March 13, 2007 10:58 ET

The Open Applications Group and the HR-XML Consortium Announce the Start of Architectural Alignment

RALEIGH, NC -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 13, 2007 -- The Open Applications Group and the HR-XML Consortium announced today that work has begun on a project to align the business-language standards produced by the two organizations. The planned architectural alignment represents a significant step forward for enterprise application interoperability.

The Open Applications Group Integration Specification (OAGIS®) is the world's largest and most implemented business-language standard. OAGIS covers a diverse set of enterprise functions, including purchasing, manufacturing, and supply-chain management. The HR-XML Consortium is the recognized authority on, and leading source of, global interoperability standards for human resources management. The architectural alignment by the Open Applications Group and HR-XML promises to give enterprises an expanded and unified business language for wide-ranging integration needs.

Once the alignment project is complete, the HR-XML and OAGIS libraries will be packaged separately, but will be structured so enterprises wanting to leverage both libraries will be able to install them together. Other key features planned for the alignment are:

--  Leveraging OAGIS Business Object Documents (BODs) for HR-XML message
    design;
--  Incorporating the OAGIS implementation of the UN/CEFACT harmonized
    core components within HR-XML;
--  Adhering to common naming and design rules and a common schema
    modularity model; and
--  Reusing from each library, relevant content from the other.
    
"Many enterprises today are struggling with the myriad of standards available to them and often don't know which standards they should be using," said David Connelly, CEO of the Open Applications Group. "Many of our OAGIS users are using both HR-XML and OAGIS and we want to cooperate in order to simplify their efforts and provide our customers with a common solution."

"Bringing the HR-XML and OAGIS libraries together under a common architecture promises new efficiencies and cost savings for a broad spectrum of companies," said Chuck Allen, HR-XML Executive Director. For the HR-XML Consortium and its members, the alignment represents an opportunity to bring the rich data model the Consortium has developed over seven years in line with today's architectural best practices.

About the Open Applications Group

The Open Applications Group is an open, not-for-profit, and fully independent standards development organization focused on building business language standards for enterprise application interoperability. The OAGIS® standard is the largest and most implemented business language standard in the world, having been deployed in over 40 industries and in over 40 countries worldwide. The OAGIS standard covers Manufacturing, B2B, CRM, Logistics, Supply Chain, ERP, Financial, and Human Resource business functions. For more information visit http://www.openapplications.org.

About HR-XML

The HR-XML Consortium, Inc. (http://www.hr-xml.org/) is the recognized authority on, and leading source of, global interoperability standards for human resources management. Membership within the HR-XML Consortium is open to HR professionals, vendors, consultants, and other users or providers of HR systems and services. For further information, visit http://www.hr-xml.org/forms/join/.

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Chuck Allen
    Director
    HR-XML Consortium, Inc.
    Email Contact
    +1 919 247 6881