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STAR&aposs 2008 Release Aims to Reduce Barriers to Implementation

MCLEAN, Va., April 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Standards for Technology in Automotive Retail(STAR), a global information technology (IT) standards body for the retail automotive industry, will publish official releases for STAR 4.2.4 and 5.1.4 on May 1st, 2008. The focus during the development of these releases was on reducing barriers to implementation.

MCLEAN, Va., April 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ – Standards for Technology in Automotive Retail(STAR), a global information technology (IT) standards body for the retail automotive industry, will publish official releases for STAR 4.2.4 and 5.1.4 on May 1st, 2008. The focus during the development of these releases was on reducing barriers to implementation.

In the past, the STAR user community has experienced varied interpretations of fields, components, enumerations, and documentation creating interoperability barriers among implementations. STAR initiated several projects throughout the development year to address these barriers. The first of these was the complete redesign of the BOD implementation guidelines.

With input from the STAR user community, the implementation guidelines were simplified, consolidating down to a single document per process. The guidelines were enhanced to include use cases for complex scenarios such as line splitting in the case of a parts order. In addition, components and enumerated values that previously lacked documentation were updated to include descriptions.

In addition to improving overall documentation, STAR initiated a process of BOD "profiling". Through this process, BODs are reviewed field by field, component by component to clarify descriptions and usage and as well as to document use cases. The first BOD to be profiled was the STAR Parts Order. As a result of profiling, use cases for line splitting scenarios were documented; descriptions of over 30 individual fields were clarified; and improved solutions for dealing with multiple types of item IDs and order numbers were added. The profiling process is an ongoing, user-driven effort to continually improve STAR standards.

Along with these development projects STAR also made available two products to assist in the implementation of STAR standards. The first is the STAR Workbench which is an XML IDE that is free to STAR members and is based on open source technology. The second is the STAR BOD Validation website that is available to the public from the STAR website to use for validating XML instances against STAR BODs. The STAR BOD Validation site can be found at http://validation.starstandard.org/exist/BODValidation/login.xql.

About STAR (www.starstandard.org)

The Standards for Technology in Automotive Retail (STAR) organization is the Information Technology (IT) standards organization for the retail automotive industry. STAR is leading the effort to implement voluntary IT standards throughout the automotive industry. These standards are designed to support business information needs and provide secure and reliable means for dealers, manufacturers, and retail system providers to communicate. Headquartered in McLean, Virginia, STAR is a not-for-profit volunteer organization and its members include Dealers, Manufacturers and Retail System Providers (RSPs). As members, they are interested in developing, promoting, and administering voluntary IT standards in the retail automotive industry and improving the effectiveness, timeliness and competitiveness of the IT solutions needed within the retail automotive industry.

STAR membership roster:

Dealer Groups:

NADA

Retail System Providers:

ADP, Advent Resources, Inc., AIAG, American Financial Services Association, Arkona, AutoDESA, Auto/Mate, Inc., CIECA, DealerTrack, Innovative Programming Systems, Inc., Karmak, Motorcycle Industry Council, National Marine Manufacturer's Association, OAGI, Object Management Group (OMG), Oxlo Systems, PBS Financial Systems Inc., PROCEDE Software, Quorum Information Systems, Reynolds & Reynolds, RouteOne,

T-Systems North America, Inc., Unipart Automotive Logistics, Wipro Technologies

Manufacturers:

American Honda Motor Co., Inc. American Suzuki Motor Corp. BMW of North America, Inc. DaimlerChrysler Freightliner, LLC Ford Motor Company General Motors Corp. International Truck & Engine Corporation Jaguar Cars Mazda North American Operations Nissan North America, Inc PACCAR, Inc Porsche Cars North America, Inc. Renault Toyota Motor Sales, USA

Contact: STAR Ghezal Khalili

STAR Executive Coordinator

8400 Westpark Drive

MailStop 16

McLean, VA 22102

703-556-8584

gkhalili@starstandard.org

SOURCE STAR (Standards for Technology in Automotive Retail)

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