One of the areas Cisco contributes to the retail industry is in the participation in industry organizations and standards bodies to help broaden adoption and encourage interopability of technologies.
Cisco retail architects Christian Janoff and Bart McGlothin both contribute to industry organizations. Christian Janoff has just been re-elected to the Payment Card Industry board of advisors. Bart McGlothin current sits on the technical committee of National Retail Federation ARTS Group (Association of Retail Technology Standards ) as vice chair of the mobile integration workteam.
I sat down with Bart and talked about the role of Cisco at ARTS and retail industry standards contribution.
ARTS (Association of Retail Technology Standards ) is the technical arm for industry standards for National Retail Federation. ARTS develop white papers, best practices and standards used in in-house retail solutions as well as vendor products.
Cisco has been member of ARTS since 2006. Cisco has helped start different work teams and contribute to various white papers and initiatives.
Bart is a member of ARTS technical committee and vice chair of mobile integration workteam. The team generated the Mobile Blueprint that is currently on version 2.0, and it was published at the NRF 2011 show in January. The guide is designed to help retailers in planning and implementing initial mobile applications, including customer marketing, payments and internal operations.
The Mobile Blueprint is available www.nrf-arts.org and for ARTS members there are additional members-only documents available on other subjects such as data models and best practices. The blueprint is also available on National Retail Federation’s www.nrf.com web sitesite.
Cisco will be a sponsor of the NRF ARTS 2011 User Conference in September 25-27 in Orlando Florida and Bart will be sitting on the Cloud and Mobility “Birds of a feather” sessions.
For more information on NRF ARTS and the upcoming ARTS User Conference, please visit http://www.nrf-arts.org