Clarus Redux

New e-marketplace app offers easier supplier integration

Atlanta  April 9, 2001  Clarus, a B2B e-commerce software provider for large to mid-sized enterprises, today unveiled the latest version of its e-marketplace software, offering new customization tools, easier supplier integration and integration with Clarus' online auction application. 

Clarus eMarket 3.0 lets buyers "tap out," that is, go outside a company's private marketplace to access approved supplier sites while still enforcing purchasing controls that prohibit maverick spending. The protective barriers are maintained from the point selections from supplier sites and are seamlessly added to the shopping basket within Clarus eMarket. 

Additionally, Clarus eMarket integrates with Clarus Auctions, giving users the ability to make purchases through a dynamic pricing framework.

"We see a growing demand for private exchanges [that] will drive the need for ease of supplier integration," said Steve Hornyak, executive vice president at Clarus. "'Tap Out' provides direct access to supplier-managed content."

The 3.0 release uses Microsoft BizTalk to ease the integration of purchase orders and other documents with back-office systems and to translate XML, cXML or other types of documents into other formats. This potentially will result in reduced effort and decreased expenses for suppliers, who can leverage legacy work to be ported to other e-commerce platforms. 

The Software Development Kit included with eMarket provides marketmakers with "out-of-box" tools to easily extend the functionality and services offered in their marketplaces. Clarus says that built-in online tutorials, a streamlined enrollment process and enhanced search capabilities provide end users and administrators with an intuitive user experience.