CIECA Summer Board meeting Wrap up
Welcome back everyone from a great trip to Salt Lake City! I hope everyone had a very productive week. For those who weren’t able to make the CIECA Board meeting, here is a wrap up of the day’s events.
Executive Director Fred Iantorno started the meeting stating that 44 tasks were completed in the 2nd Quarter; 38 tasks planned for Q2, 5 planned tasks for Q3 and 1 planned Q4 task. Lots of work was done in short order due to the hard work of the committees. This is because CIECA groups will frequently band together and divvy up tasks, which helps get things done quickly.
Fred read a report on all the active committees. Some committees are in maintenance mode; however, they still meet to review the standards Release Packages and work on joint projects with other committees.
An announcement was made to all to remember to register for the CIECA implementation conference, which is coming up on September 29-30 in St. Louis Missouri. Tom Gegax will be the guest speaker along with two people from Microsoft.
The biggest announcement and discussion came from the CSI committee. A survey went out recently and received 194 responses. Responses were received from ASA, SCRS, ARA, as well as CIECA members. The committee worked to standardize the questions and answers based on these responses and the needs of the industry. Look for a more detailed blog post on the work done by this committee to follow next week.
CSI committee chair Randy Hanson pointed out that now that the Q&A standardization is complete; CEICA is at a crossroad with the data. This marks a major change for CIECA. In the past CIECA has been focused on data format. This is the first foray into data content. The goal is increase the efficiency of the entire industry and increase standards adoption.
CSI is the test bed for a new model for CIECA. Because this standard hits so many portions of the industry, the CIECA Board decided to publish a document containing these standard questions and answers. This document will be public information and will be available on the CIECA web site within the next 60 days.
There is actually a precedent where CIECA worked in conjunction with the Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA). CIECA worked with ARA in developing their standard codebook, and this did lead to increased standards adoption.
The CIECA Education Committee proposed that CIECA work with the ARA EF (Education Foundation) on a joint Graduate Studies internship. The topic will be a case study for a Recycled Parts Application using CIECA Codes and BMS. The motion passed unanimously.
Thinking strategically, the question was raised about what does CIECA do next? What comes after full BMS migration? The answer is that there is a long road ahead to full BMS adoption. Also, as adoption occurs, new business functions and business function changes are required. Standards are constantly evolving to meet the changing business environment. More Board discussion will continue as part of CIECA Strategic Planning efforts.
From a technology perspective, whatever the next Internet technology comes our way, the current BMS was designed to evolve with the new technology. The BMS was designed to address data and data relationships. The current implementation is in XML which is the current language of the Internet. As the new Internet language emerges, CIECA will be there.
Thank you Thomas for the wrap up, very informative. Looking forward to seeing the CSI Q&A document on the CIECA site.