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STAR 2009 Release: Bridging the Gaps

Written by dcarver on May 18, 2009 – 5:38 pm

MCLEAN, Va., May 18 — Standards for Technology in Automotive Retail (STAR), a global information technology standards body for retail automotive and related industries, has released its final set of schema repositories for its 2008-2009 publication cycle.

With this release STAR continues to prove that while it may be “Automotive” in name, STAR is more than capable of supporting related industries such as the medium and heavy-duty truck sector. In fact, a significant portion of the enhancements in this release can be attributed to requests made by STAR’s Truck segment. These requirements focused heavily in the area of Parts Management with updates to the Parts Inventory, Parts Prices List, and Parts Shipment specifications among others. This level of cross-industry harmonization is made possible through STAR’s use of a semantically flexible vocabulary creating functional equivalents that meet the needs of multiple industries.

In addition to proving itself as a cross-industry standard, STAR continued to strengthen its position as a globally-recognized standards solution in a project with European auto manufacturers, Renault SAS and PSA Peugeot Citroen. The manufacturers worked together with STAR to identify and incorporate needed enhancements into the STAR Sales Lead standard to meet international requirements. These enhancements have since been found to meet the needs of various U.S.-based users.

The ability of the STAR organization to develop open standards that bridge the gap between industries as well as regions is a testament to its commitment to the efficient and interoperable exchange of business communications.

STAR is technology dedicated to business efficiency.


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