Picture-perfect Deal

Fujifilm selects Clarus eProcurement for direct and indirect procurement needs

Atlanta  February 14  Clarus Corp. announced that Fujifilm Microdisks U.S.A. Inc. has signed a license agreement for Clarus eProcurement to automate and streamline the company's direct, as well as indirect, procurement needs. Fujifilm Microdisks plans to go live on the solution during the first quarter of 2002.

Fujifilm Microdisks selected Clarus after a detailed review process that included a number of direct materials procurement solution providers. Ultimately, the Clarus solution was most attractive to the company due to flexible ownership options, rapid deployment capabilities, customer references and functionality.

Fujifilm Microdisks plans to augment and extend its existing enterprise resource planning (ERP) application by integrating it with the Clarus solution. Bi-directional integration between Clarus applications and the Fujifilm Microdisks existing ERP system will be achieved through the use of Clarus' message-based application integration framework that employs Microsoft BizTalk Server and industry-standard XML documents.

To meet the needs associated with the growth of our manufacturing facilities and production, we needed an e-commerce supplier that could address our needs for materials procurement, both from a direct and indirect perspective, stated Larry Chiarella, vice president and general manager of Fujifilm Microdisks. Our product reviews, in-depth [return on investment] analysis and our discussions with Clarus customers in industries like our own proved the value of Clarus eProcurement.

Fujifilm Microdisks U.S.A. Inc., a subsidiary of Fuji Photo Film Co., LTD, is comprised of a manufacturing and distribution facility located in Bedford, Mass. Originally opened in 1990, the facility is currently heralded as the world's largest producer of DLTtape IV storage media. On a monthly basis, the plant produces enough computer tape to store 50 billion 400-page books.