Why are standards so important in Information Technology? Standards enable interoperability between complex systems. Many enterprises look to products that use these standards for easy integration between their existing and new systems, as well as lowering design, development, and production costs. Further, standards allow innovation, enabling new solutions that solve business problems.
Cisco has been a member of the Association of Retail Technology Standards (ARTS) since 2006 and has contributed to many white papers and standards over the years, including Cloud, SOA, Mobile, and Social Blueprints. Many of the standards created by ARTS focus on the messaging syntax used between systems that enable products from a diverse set of vendors to interoperate and communicate with one another—complexity made simple.
ARTS is the IT standards division of the National Retail Federation (NRF), and is comprised of over 200 international vendors and retailers dedicated to reducing the costs of technology through standards. Since 1993, ARTS has been delivering application standards exclusively to the retail industry. ARTS has four disciplines: the Standard Relational Data Model, Unified POS, XML, and Standard RFPs. The National Retail Federation (NRF) will be having its next Big Show in January at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City. ARTS is targeting to release several new publications at this show and Cisco will be there sharing our latest solutions developed with our technology partners. Read More »