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Intel has given RosettaNet something of a boost by releasing a new development toolkit for B2B applications. Of course, it is not doing this entirely out of the goodness of its heart. RosettaNet is tightly linked to the technology sector and Intel expects to benefit from the tighter links that the toolkit will create.

RosettaNet is a not-for-profit organisation which brings together some of the leading names with interests in semiconductors, service provision, electronic components and IT. The aim of the organisation is to create a collection of standards and processes that can be applied to the world of e-commerce. In practical terms this means that it is possible to set up trading networks based upon collections of well-understood practices.

An important part of its work is the creation of Partner Interface Processes (PIPs). These are the mechanisms through which partners specify how they are able to interact with others. PIPs come in clusters that cover different business functions.

Intel, of course, is one of the bigger contributors to the activities of RosettaNet. This is because it would hope to find its chips inside most of the hardware that is used to set up B2B partnerships built on the RosettaNet standards. It is very much in Intel's interest to see RosettaNet succeed.

The new announcement introduces the IA SDK for RosettaNet (Intel Architecture Software Development Kit for RosettaNet) that is aimed at the simplification of the development of B2B applications. In particular, it is considered that this will be useful to small and mid-sized businesses that will benefit from the ease of use and open source license. The product is downloadable from here.

IA SDK for RosettaNet is built to support release 1.1 of the RosettaNet Implementation Framework (RNIF) on Windows 2000. It also supports PIPs 3A4, 3B2, 3C3, 3A7, 3C4 and 0A1. All but one of these relates to order entry activities — the last is an error handling routine for notification of failure within RosettaNet.

The technology itself includes modular source code that is easily accessible through online guides that assist with the design and implementation of business solutions and to get working with the supported PIPs quickly. This is where small businesses will make savings because the effort normally involved in implementing a PIP might otherwise be too much.

This is only a small start. Intel has only applied its solution to a very small part of the full list of 7 PIP clusters that RosettaNet specifies. However, if it makes the difference between a business being able to get up and running with RosettaNet's proprietary mechanisms and being forced into a separate EAI project, then it's good news.

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