The Open Applications Group, Inc. (OAGI) announced the formation of a Customer Interoperability Council, made up of end users, that will work with the OAGI’s existing software vendor membership to promote adoption of standards based application integration technology. The OAGI Interoperability Council will focus on development of industry specific Business Object Documents that define inter-application message formats and the deployment of enterprise integration frameworks based on the Open Applications Group Integration Specification (OAGIS), XML and transactions sent over middleware conforming to the newly released Open Applications Middleware API Specification (OAMAS). This approach will simplify integration of Financial, Human Resources, Manufacturing, Logistics, and Supply Chain application components both within the enterprise and among trading partners. The OAGI Interoperability Council is holding one of its regular meetings in Chicago on July 28-29, 1999. Interested parties are welcome to participate