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December 2003

The best information security process stories of 2003

Best Collaboration Program: Automotive Network Exchange Five years ago, electronic data interchange (EDI) ruled. Ideal? No, yet the automotive industry, among many others, relied upon it. Developed more than 20 years ago, however, EDI was expensive and never scaled well. Trickle-down expense made it difficult to use; vagaries of VPNs made it onerous to secure. The automotive industry responded with the Automotive Network Exchange (ANX), created in 1998 by such companies as Caterpillar, Chrysler, Ford, General Motors and TRW. Under the aegis of the Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG) -- and now operated by Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC) as ANXeBusiness Corp. -- the service offers companies a single, secure, private data interchange network. Partners can share information. Applications can interface directly. And it was invented before Web services. It was a much-needed change. Previously, GM designed its own EDI standard, then strong-armed suppliers into using it. While tier-1 suppliers might be able to foot ...

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