### Proposed NIST Program

In the 1980s NIST pioneered work in developing open standards for data exchange. Under this initiative, NIST will conduct a much more extensive and wide-ranging program, working closely with U.S. manufacturers, to develop seamless data transactions throughout global supply chains—shortening the design-to-manufacturing cycle, improving quality, and lowering costs for large and small U.S. firms.

Major goals will include:

• creating "roadmaps" for the development of open standards for enterprise integration in target industry sectors;
• developing conformance tests to help ensure the proper use of these standards; and
• ensuring the standards are integrated and consistent with developing international standards and easily available to small and medium-sized U.S. manufacturers.

This work also addresses the requirements of the Enterprise Integration Act of 2002.

### Expected Impacts

A robust, widely accepted framework of standards for enterprise integration will help open the global marketplace to the nation's small manufacturers.

Other potential benefits include:

• savings of approximately \$1 billion in enterprise integration costs for U.S. manufacturers and producers in target industries;
• a 20 percent reduction in "time-to-market" for manufacturers and producers in target industries;
• a 50 percent reduction in information technology costs for small and medium-sized manufacturers in target industries; and
• spillover benefits to other industries, including electronics, shipbuilding, furniture manufacturers, chemicals production, textiles, and apparel.
Created August 24, 2009, Updated October 05, 2010