June 6-11, 2004, The Palmer House Hilton, Chicago

Falls Church, Va., May 13, 2004 – The Accredited Standards Committee (ASC) X12 is pleased to announce its 25th Birthday Celebration & Meeting, featuring keynote speaker Frances E. Schrotter, senior vice president and chief operating officer of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), and ASC X12 leadership presentations on the committee’s 25 years of accomplishments. These engaging presentations will take place during the ASC X12 General Session at The Palmer House Hilton in Chicago on June 7, from 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., followed by a special birthday party reception, from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. More than 500 e-business standards experts, collaborating across industries on business processes, will gather at the upcoming ASC X12 Meeting to create the next generation of e-business messaging, providing a foundation for tomorrow’s technology environments.

Keynote speaker Frances E. Schrotter of ANSI will comment on the value and future of standardization nationally and internationally. At ANSI, she supports and facilitates the participation of U.S. interests in domestic, regional and international standardization activities. Ms. Schrotter, who first joined ANSI in 1976, works actively with numerous domestic and international committees developing standards in dozens of industries.

Serving as esteemed sponsors of ASC X12’s 25th Birthday Celebration and Meeting are the following organizations:

  • Platinum - Washington Publishing Company
  • Gold – Railinc
  • Silver – Healthation LLC; and Kraft Foods
  • Patron – Allstate Insurance Company; American Hospital Association; Blue Cross Blue Shield of IL; Delta Dental Plans Association; EDI Specialists, Inc.; EDS; Electronic Commerce Council of Canada; The First American Corporation; Freddie Mac; HDX; Kaiser Permanente; Kleinschmidt Inc.; Logistics Management Institute; Research Triangle Software; SeeBeyond; Siemens Medical Solutions; Sterling Commerce; SysCom Strategies, Inc.; Techno Solutions Group, Inc.; TriMed Solutions; UPS; WebMD and X12 Steering Committee

At the ASC X12 Meeting, attendees will enhance their X12 electronic data interchange (EDI) standards and build evolving eXtensible Markup Language (XML) business messages, using X12’s Context Inspired Component Architecture (CICA). This syntax-neutral architecture not only facilitates the creation of XML business messages and enhances the reusability and interoperability of message structures, but also makes it possible to use the same architecture as future markup languages are developed.

“We are honored to have Ms. Schrotter present the ANSI perspective and projection on standardization in the 21st century,” said ASC X12 Chairman Ralph Berwanger. “In 1979, ANSI accredited X12 to develop uniform standards for cross- and inter-industry electronic exchange of business transactions and today more than 315 EDI transaction sets provide a sound and secure solution for high volume messaging. As conflicting XML messages proliferate, ASC X12 is using its open, consensus-based standards process to create a new generation of e-business messaging, once again revolutionizing B2B e-commerce.” -more-

There is no registration fee for ASC X12 members and first-time nonmember attendees. Visit http://www.x12.org to learn more about or to register for ASC X12’s Birthday Celebration and Meeting, June 6-11, in Chicago.

About the Accredited Standards Committee X12
The Accredited Standards Committee X12, accredited by the American National Standards Institute and comprised of cross-industry representation, develops robust e-business exchange standards in X12 electronic data interchange (EDI) and XML formats that interact with a multitude of e-business technologies and serve as a premier tool for integrating electronic applications. Through standards-setting and active participation in emerging and technically relevant initiatives, ASC X12 facilitates the effective exchange of electronic information. Propelling global e-business, ASC X12 is an active contributor to the United Nations/Electronic Data Interchange for Administration, Commerce and Transport (UN/EDIFACT), an international standard relating to the exchange of good and services. To learn more about ASC X12, visit www.X12.org or call 703-970-4480.

Press Contacts
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