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ARTS Releases Cloud Computing for Retail Report

For Immediate Release
Kathy Grannis (202) 783-7971

ARTS Releases Cloud Computing for Retail Report 

Washington, October 15, 2009—The Association for Retail Technology Standards, the standards division of the National Retail Federation, is pleased to announce the release of the draft version of Cloud Computing for Retail that will provide unbiased guidance for achieving optimum benefit of this computer technology. Cloud Computing, which effectively lowers IT costs for retailers, is an emerging computing model by which users can gain access to their applications from any location, through any connected device, making the infrastructure transparent to the user.  

The whitepaper follows in the footsteps of the highly successful SOA Blueprint, used by retailers as a guide for SOA implementations, to become an essential companion for retailers implementing Cloud Computing. Developed by an ARTS member committee of leading retailers and vendors chaired by The Kroger Co. and IBM, the whitepaper provides information on best uses of Cloud in retail, maximizing security and reliability, avoiding vendor lock-in and achieving a rapid ROI. The whitepaper is based on extensive research and actual experiences of the committee members. 

“We are very pleased to be co-chair of the committee and share our knowledge with the industry,” said Cathy Lasser, Vice President and CTO of IBM Distribution Sector. “We feel that it’s important to inform retailers on the benefits of Cloud Computing including cost reduction and improved service delivery to help eliminate concerns during holiday and major promotional business peaks.” 

Cloud Computing is still evolving, but services are typically broken down into Software as a Service (SaaS), Platform as a Service and Infrastructure as a Service and can be delivered using private, public or hybrid clouds. This whitepaper allows retailers to evaluate which services and models are right for their business. 

“Retailers considering cloud computing will find this whitepaper an excellent guide for success,” said Richard Mader, Executive Director or ARTS. “It provides unbiased insight in to security, reliability, functionality, costs and the role of SOA.” 

The draft paper is available now to ARTS members through www.nrf-arts.org. Release 1.0, the final version of the whitepaper, is scheduled for January 2010. When it is released, the final version will be free to ARTS members and $249 for non-members.  

The Association for Retail Technology Standards is an international membership organization dedicated to reducing the costs of technology through standards. Since 1993, ARTS has been delivering application standards exclusively to the retail industry. ARTS has four standards: The Standard Relational Data Model, UnifiedPOS, ARTS XML and the Standard RFPs. Membership is open to all members of the international technology community- retailers from all industry segments, application developers and hardware companies. www.nrf-arts.org