Red River

A Business Architecture and Framework

The Red River Business Architecture and Framework is a set architectures, patterns and business semantics defined in accordance with certain business reference models and ontologies. This framework provides for the reification of process and information definition from one view or perspective to the next without the loss of semantic or computational integrity. The Business Collaboration Framework which is the previous incantation of the RRBA was donated to the United Nations and to the public domain in October of 2000 and forms the basis of the UN/CEFACT Modeling Methodology (UMM).  Currently the RRBA is being finalized as an International Standard within the ISO./IEC JTC1 SC32 Workgroup 1 known as the Open-edi Descriptive Technique (OeDT), ISO/IEC CD 15944-3. It is the intent of this document to exact components of the RRBA and from the ODeT and present them in an informative format in this document, as an introduction to the architecture.

The Red River Business Architecture and Framework is the result of 14 years of continuing evolution in which key concepts and artifacts were developed in concert with various industry and public standard organizations. These include UN/CEFACT, ISO, ITU, TMForum, UN/CEFACT-TMWG, and RosettaNet. 

The goal of the Red River Business Architecture and Framework (RRBA) is multi-faceted perspective on the problem domain of business process automation. 

A primary goal of the RRBA is to capture the business knowledge that enables the development of low cost software components to help the small and medium size companies, and emerging economies engage in e-Business practices.  By focusing on developing business process and information models in a protocol neutral manner, the RRBA provides insurance against obsolescence by allowing recasting of the business scenarios into new technologies such as eXtensible Markup Language (XML), or other technologies that may emerge ten to fifteen years from now. Hence the RRBA “future-proofs” business scenarios against obsolescence by new protocol standards and technologies.

The RRBA uses the following standards as reference model to ensure the computational, architectural and legal integrity of the framework.

·         ISO/IEC IS 14662 Information Technologies - Open-edi reference model

·         ISO/IEC 15944-3, Business Agreements Semantic Descriptive Techniques

·         PART 2 UNIFORM RULES OF CONDUCT FOR INTERCHANGE OF TRADE DATA BY TELETRANSMISSION (UNCID), CHAPTER 2 - Text of the Uniform Rules of Conduct, http://www.unece.org/trade/untdid/texts/d220_d.htm

·         UN/ECE RECOMMENDATION No.26, THE COMMERCIAL USE OF INTERCHANGE AGREEMENTS FOR ELECTRONIC DATA INTERCHANGE, http://www.unece.org/trade/untdid/texts/d240_d.htm

·         The Commercial use of Electronic Data Interchange, Section of Business Law American Bar Association, A report and model trading partner agreement, http://www.abanet.org/buslaw/catalog/5070258.html

·         UN/CEFACT Modeling Methodology. CEFACT/TMWG/N090R10. February 2001. UN/CEFACT Technical Modeling Working Group

·         “The REA Accounting Model: A Generalized Framework for Accounting Systems in a Shared Data Environment”

For more info see the article posted under Business Architectures.