Plethora of Partners for C1

Commerce One allies with providers to add functionality to planned Web services platform

Pleasanton, CA  September 19, 2002  e-Procurement software provider Commerce One this week inked agreements with a raft of different partners, adding a variety of technologies to the next iteration of its flagship solution.

Commerce One says it is working directly with Actional, Baltimore, Cognos, Contivo, Sonic Software and VeriSign to enhance the next evolution of its platform, Commerce One 6.0, a Web services-based solution originally scheduled for release at the end of this year and currently due out in the first quarter of 2003.

The provider says that the new solution's Web services foundation will help customers connect and optimize applications and business processes throughout the enterprise. Initially focusing where Commerce One sees its greatest customer demand, the solution is intended to integrate all components of a supply network and enable real-time, secure information exchange and reduced operating costs.

Actional brings its integration expertise to the Commerce One solution through SOAPswitch, which exposes enterprise resource planning (ERP) and legacy system interfaces as reusable Web services. Actional helps the Web services platform remove key barriers to adopting a standards-based integration architecture.

Baltimore Technologies adds e-security capabilities to the platform, while Cognos adds business intelligence technology intended to ensure high quality of data collection, aggregation and analysis.

Contivo is contributing its data modeling, data mapping and data transformation technology, helping the platform reduce data integration and implementation time and costs. Sonic Software provides a standards-based infrastructure that helps accelerate the deployment of integration solutions.

Finally, VeriSign is adding its Trust Services Integration Kit, which is a key component of the platform's security architecture.

At least one Commerce One customer has responded favorably to the provider's intention to expand its solution's functionality. "When we wanted to streamline part of our supply chain we turned to Commerce One for help with moving our sourcing and procurement process onto Exostar, the e-marketplace for the aerospace and defense industry," said Andrew Mellors, capability development manager at BAE SYSTEMS, an aerospace and defense contractor. "After a successful implementation, we shared our additional supply chain challenges with Commerce One. It is great to see that they are working with their partners to address our needs."