Standards for Technology in Automotive Retail

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An important goal of the STAR (Standards for Technology in Automotive Retail) infrastructure project is providing recommendations about the business-to-business communication requirements within the up-stream supply chain in the automotive industry. These recommendations are intended to reduce maintenance and integration costs for supporting dealerships. This document identifies common requirements and measures dealers can take to ensure an effective information technology (IT) infrastructure.

The STAR Organization is comprised of several Work Groups (WG) that address specific points of interest to the automotive retail industry. The STAR Data WG is chartered with developing and maintaining the XML Business Object Documents (BODs) and the Data Transfer Specification (DTS) data formats while the Infrastructure WG is chartered with finding common infrastructure and interoperability among STAR members. The Infrastructure WG produces two guidelines:

  • The Dealership Infrastructure Guidelines (DIG) (this document) - a publication for dealerships providing a guidebook and deployment handbook for IT infrastructure at the dealership.

  • STAR Transport Guidelines - a high level requirements and recommendations document.

    • STAR Web Services Implementation - implementation details for using Web Services specifications

    • STAR ebMS Implementation Guidelines - implementation details for using the ebXML Message Services specification