Le Catalog Content

French e-marketplace operator adopts content management solution from Requisite

London  August 29, 2002  ANSWORK, the French electronic marketplace
operator, has chosen the eMerge content management system from Requisite
Technology as its strategic tool for catalog content management.

ANSWORK required a scalable management system to create and maintain catalog content for the increasing number of large enterprises and suppliers using the marketplace. For the past two years ANSWORK has outsourced its catalog content management function.

With eMerge, ANSWORK will manage its unified electronic catalogue in-house, beginning with approximately 300,000 line items, representing content from 80 suppliers. By the end of 2004, ANSWORK plans to increase the number of participating suppliers to 300. These suppliers will retain direct control of their content and will have access to the Requisite Supplier Hub, a hosted platform for suppliers to create and manage electronic catalog content for distribution to buy-side systems and marketplaces.

"We have chosen to invest in a new, high-level solution that will provide our clients, buyers and suppliers with a collaborative content management environment improving dramatically the end-to-end content process," said Martial Gerardin, managing director at ANSWORK. "We believe that electronic content is becoming a fundamental issue for companies involved in electronic commerce, and this choice reinforces ANSWORK's strategy to be the leading operator of an electronic community of suppliers for indirect goods and services."

ANSWORK also chose to license Requisite's eMerge Contract Manager module to help manage existing, complex contracts and specific pricing arrangements with its customers and suppliers. Requisite said the Contract Manager module provides a single point of administration for pricing and contract information and supports multiple pricing scenarios to meet buyers' individual needs within a secure environment.

Catalogs created using eMerge are organized in a structure that enables category mapping between different international standards. Suppliers are able to publish catalog product and service information to multiple standards according to buyers' needs.