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The centerpiece of the RosettaNet model is the partner interface process (PIP). The PIP defines the activities, decisions, and interactions that each e-business trading participant is responsible for.

As defined by RosettaNet, all PIPs must have a measurable business outcome, must not be proprietary, and must encapsulate a distinct unit of work. For instance, PIP3Ai is a defined specification for the order management process. In particular, this PIP specification outlines in detail the quote and order entry process so that a buyer can request product quotes from a seller. During any part of the process, if a party fails to perform a defined service, the RosettaNet convention renders the business transaction void.

The PIP specification has three primary sections:

  • Business Operational View (BOV)—Defines in business process terms, the business data entities, and the roles of the participants.

  • Functional Service View (FSV)—Defines the network component services necessary to execute a PIP. It consists of network component design and network component interactions.

  • Implementation Framework View (IFV)—Defines the communication protocols and message formats supported by network components.

Further details about PIPs can be obtained from the RosettaNet Web site.

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