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PeopleSoft catches Cohera

PeopleSoft has acquired the intellectual property and certain assets of Cohera as it looks to combine the latter’s sophisticated catalog management and content integration software with its own sales-side and buy-side collaborative applications.

PeopleSoft has acquired the intellectual property and certain assets of Cohera as it looks to combine the latter’s sophisticated catalog management and content integration software with its own sales-side and buy-side collaborative applications.

The company hopes that the combined solution will enable both purchasing and merchandising professionals to create and manage sophisticated catalogs for buying and selling goods and services over the Internet. In addition, customers should be able to extend such business processes to include their suppliers, as they will be able to load product information directly into a customer's catalog themselves.

"For effective collaboration, businesses need to easily integrate content from many different sources into the applications," says Ram Gupta, PeopleSoft executive vice president of Products and Technology. "Until now, such integration has been a problem for customers. By integrating Cohera's solution with PeopleSoft's collaborative applications, PeopleSoft is setting a new standard in private trading-exchange services."

The purchase has already met with approval from certain analysts. "PeopleSoft continues to demonstrate that it is adept at finding the right mix of partnerships, acquisitions, and internal development," commented Bob Parker, vice president, B2E Commerce Strategies, at AMR Research Inc.

"The product content management capability picked up with the acquisition of Cohera, combined with the new functionality developed, earns PeopleSoft definite consideration for users looking to build a Private Trading Exchange, whether they are existing PeopleSoft users or not," he added.

To support its catalog content integration initiative, PeopleSoft has created a network of leading content service partners, including: ADX-Advanced Data Exchange, British Telecom, Commerce One, eScout, EssentialMarkets, Metacat, Redknife, SPS Commerce, TPN Register, VerticalNet, and Zycus.

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