Commerce One and SAP offer e-business services

The next generation of e-business marketplace solutions for the Middle East Internet economy will be unveiled later this year following a preliminary agreement between Commerce One, SAP AG and SAPMarkets.

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By  Peter Conmy Published  August 13, 2000

The next generation of e-business marketplace solutions for the Middle East Internet economy will be unveiled later this year following a preliminary agreement between Commerce One, SAP AG and SAPMarkets.

The proposed agreement, planned for a three year term, aims to offer companies one-stop shopping for the entire range of e-business marketplace services.

“A marketplace suite, which is yet to be named, will provide customers with highly capable, open marketplace technology, e-business applications and delivery capabilities in a single solution,” said David Brown, Business Development Director, Commerce One Middle East.

“It will transfer linear, serial supply chains to parallel, collaborative communities, dramatically reducing cycle times, improving customer relationships and increasing productivity for businesses worldwide.”

Trading Portals

Commerce One will provide the marketplace infrastructure that enables companies to establish and operate trading portals. SAP will provide functionality in areas of supply chain management, product lifecycle management, customer relationship management and business intelligence.

"Simply put, our customers will enjoy a smooth transition to front office and marketplace e-business solutions for the new economy, enabling immediate participation in the Global Trading Web - the world's largest business-to-business trading community," said Brown.

"With procurement software, all companies running supported SAP enterprise software can connect to the new marketplace suite without upgrading their internal systems."

The marketplace suite combines Commerce One’s MarketSite Portal Solution, including the Exchange Operating System, Auction Services and Content Engine, with mySAP.com e-business applications for advanced planning and optimisation, product lifecycle management and business information warehousing.

The marketplace suite will also adopt Commerce One’s XML Common Business Library (xCBL), an industry standard set of XML building blocks and a document framework providing open integration with all buying and selling applications, as well as open integration with business applications in every industry.

Frictionless Economy

The companies will also extend xCBL to incorporate SAP Business Application Programming Interfaces enhancing end-to-end business processes over the Internet.

“With the union of efforts between the companies, we will be able to achieve our mutual vision of a frictionless economy,” said Hasso Plattner, CEO of SAP AG and SAPMarkets.

“Our 13,000 customers want a single, e-business marketplace solution to harness the power of the Internet. SAS, SAPMarkets and Commerce One will deliver this solution.”

The series of agreements, aimed at ensuring rapid, global deployment of the marketplace suite, will result in SAP’s purchase of approximately US $250 million worth of unregistered common stock in Commerce One as well as royalty sharing between the parties over the three year term of the agreements.

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