Yves Dufort, director in the Wonderware applications consulting services group for Wonderware, a business unit of Invensys Systems, Inc., (whose products are sold and supported in the UK and Ireland by Stockport based Pantek Limited), has been appointed to the board of directors of the Open Application Group, Inc. (OAGi), a non-profit development organisation which oversees the Open Applications Group Integration Specification (OAGIS) standard.
The OAGIS standard, which was developed to address the need for a business language to enable applications interoperability, ensures that both end-users and solution providers have a most robust XML standard that covers manufacturing, B2B, CRM, logistics, supply-chain, ERP financial and human resource business functions.
Wonderware is supporting efforts to establish specific standards that will result in overall enhanced customer productivity, said David Connelly, chief executive officer of OAGI. With the growing focus on integration between ERP systems and manufacturing operations, OAGIS allow savings for companies of all sizes. A variety of standards are currently available in the industry today, and many companies are often unsure which best fit their operational requirements.
Moreover, in December 2005, OAGI announced its intent to converge the OAGIS standard with the ISA-95 standard to provide a better common solution for manufacturing interoperability in process, discrete and mixed manufacturing environments.
With the convergence of many industry standards and the rapid adoption of those by our customers, Wonderwares representation on the OAGI board will greatly assist our efforts to define and deliver innovative software solutions to the industry, Dufort said. In addition to already using the ANSI/ISA-95 standard in Wonderwares offerings, we will now include support for the OAGIS standard to expand our ability to address the increasing needs of the large and diverse Wonderware customer base.