Expanding their global alliance, Microsoft and Commerce One have developed a connector to make it easier for suppliers of all sizes to sell through e-marketplaces.
Chris Atkinson, vice president of the .Net Enterprise Solutions Group at Microsoft, said, “This is one of the first multi-marketplace solutions that can be used by any supplier – from those that are technologically sophisticated to those just starting out.”
The connector will integrate suppliers into Commerce One-based e-marketplaces as part of Microsoft’s Supplier Accelerator. In addition, Commerce One is to join the e-business acceleration pilot program and advisory council.
“We are providing open access to worldwide markets, allowing trading partners to buy and sell products and services on a global basis,” said Mike Micucci of Commerce One. “We believe our alliance with Microsoft will drive e-marketplace liquidity by providing a broad range of solutions that accelerate supplier participation in B2B e-commerce.”
The two companies are collaborating on XML standards, global marketing and sales initiatives and joint development programs. They are leveraging standards to enable interoperability among computing environments, sell-side software solutions, business documents and business processes.
The connector is based on Microsoft BizTalk Server 2000 that maps catalog and order information from Microsoft Commerce Server 2000 to Commerce One e-marketplaces. It will be utilized by bCentral to extend the newly announced bCentral Commerce Manager, enabling this same empowerment and reach for small suppliers as well.
E-Business Acceleration is a joint initiative of Microsoft and its partners to help businesses of any size take advantage of B2B opportunities. Commerce One and Microsoft are working with Compaq to develop solutions that provide a seamless path for connecting suppliers of any size to a variety of e-marketplaces and other channels.
“To enable e-marketplace liquidity, you have to make it easy and compelling for all potential trading partners to participate,” said Mark Linesch, vice president of dotCOM and service provider solutions at Compaq. “Compaq is excited to work with Commerce One and Microsoft to support Microsoft’s E-Business Acceleration initiative by creating new solutions that address suppliers’ greatest challenges – connecting to and leveraging e-marketplaces.”
Through its products and services, Commerce One creates access to worldwide markets, allowing anyone to buy from anyone, anytime, anywhere. The company is located in Pleasanton, California.
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