Hitachi Tackles Complex Sourcing

Selects Commerce One solutions to streamline sourcing across worldwide manufacturing plants and facilities

Pleasanton, CA — April 1, 2003 — Hitachi Europe Ltd. (HEL), a subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., has selected strategic sourcing solutions from Commerce One to streamline the purchasing activities HEL manages for Hitachi's different business groups.

A manufacturer of various computing and technology systems, Hitachi Europe Ltd., is a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., Japan. Headquartered in Maidenhead, the United Kingdom, HEL has operations in 16 countries and employs more than 740 people across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

According to Commerce One, HEL chose the provider's solutions over competitors due to the openness of its technology, which HEL believes will allow the company to more easily address the complex global sourcing, supply chain integration and collaboration requirements of its distributed supply chain.

To improve the business workflow of its trading activities with customers, suppliers and logistic service providers, HEL's European Procurement and Sourcing Group (EPSG) required a solution that provided an open platform that could process business transactions across numerous differing technologies and allow easier composition and deployment of new applications to extend HEL's offerings. It was also imperative that the solution provide an easily accessible repository for information and the ability to quickly scale and fully leverage existing information technology (IT) investments.

"With Commerce One, we expect to achieve new levels of collaboration by orchestrating critical sourcing and negotiation business processes between numerous systems and applications, both internally and across our distributed organization," said Kunio Kobayashi, general manager of EPSG at HEL. "We expect this to result in faster time-to-market for products, faster production cycles and more streamlined communication, negotiation and contract compliance.

Kobayashi added that Commerce One's vision for open collaborative commerce based on industry standards matched HEL's strategy for reducing integration costs.

This latest announcement from Commerce One comes a week after the provider debuted Conductor, its new composite applications platform designed to let organizations more quickly and easily connect and coordinate business processes across their enterprises and between customers and partners, while at the same time getting more out of their current technology infrastructure. (See related story.)