Covisint Announces New Data Messaging Service
Covisint on Thursday launched a new messaging service aimed at the automotive industry.Covisint Inc., the company that provides business-to-business services to help automotive makers electronically communicate with partners and suppliers, on Thursday launched a new messaging service. The Covisint Connect data messaging service provides the means for a company to exchange information with partners and suppliers using XML, rather than EDI [electronic data interchange]. Connect also provides an any-to-any translation capability that works with both XML and EDI. The Connect service was developedand fundedby a group of major automotive makers and suppliers, including General Motor Company, DaimlerChrysler AG, Johnson Controls Inc., Delphi Corp. and Lear Corp. A number of those companies are part of the Covisint automotive consortium that includes DaimlerChrysler, Ford Motor Co., GM, Renault S.A., Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. and PSA Peugeot Citroen.
The aim of Connect is to create an industry standard that will provide an across-the-board approach to information exchange in the automotive industry, officials said. A key piece to move that initiative forward is the groups establishment of Business Object Documents, or BODs, standard formats for the most commonly-used transaction documents.