OgerTel signs with Intershop to deliver secure e-commerce platform

Saudi ISP signs agreement with Intershop to deliver B2B platform to Saudi ARAMCO's supplier community.

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By  Greg Wilson Published  May 19, 2001

Saudi Internet service provider, OgerTel has teamed up with Intershop to offer an e-commerce platform to Saudi ARAMCO’s supplier community.

“In order to build e-commerce solutions that would meet Saudi ARAMCO’s exacting standards, OgerTel needed a technology partner that could provide a secure, reliable and scalable Internet platform,” said Jamal Alameddine, general manager, OgerTel Internet Services.

“Together, OgerTel and Intershop are helping to enable an entirely new and profitable business model for some of the most prominent organisations in the Kingdom,” added Alameddine.

As part of the alliance the ISP will use Intershop’s e-business software to develop business-to-business (B2B) solutions based on technical specifications issued by ARAMCO last year.

The oil & gas heavyweight intends to migrate its 300-company supplier community towards an e-procurement model. Eventually, as many as 2000 suppliers are expected to go online to sell everything from IT kit to office furnishings to ARAMCO.

“OgerTel’s e-commerce initiative is evidence that some of the Kingdom’s most important enterprises are moving online,” noted Basel Tutunji, Intershop’s MENA sales director.

“[As] e-commerce in Saudi is at the critical first stage, it’s vital that companies selling and buying online use a reliable, secure and powerful platform, which Intershop is providing to OgerTel,” added Tutunji.

Intershop’s local partner NewTek will deliver the necessary sales and technical support to the Saudi ISP. OgerTel’s e-business solution will be based on Intershop 4, an e-commerce site hosting product suite for the small-to-medium business segment.

Personnel from OgerTel have already undergone training both in Europe and in the Kingdom to ensure that they have the necessary skills to deliver the Intershop 4-based solutions.

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