e-Marketplace Ahoy!

Commerce One signs deal with Naval Sea Systems to launch government private e-marketplaces

PLEASANTON, CA --  February 15, 2001 - Commerce One recently announced that it has been awarded a contract with the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) Support Services Acquisition Program Office to develop a private e-marketplace to support its Multiple Award Contract (MAC) program. The private e-marketplace will allow for planning, awarding and monitoring of all professional support services.

NAVSEA anticipates that the MAC program will manage between $200-300 million a year in services contracts. The private e-marketplace is being developed for NAVSEA to improve efficiency within the professional support services acquisition process. This is the first government private e-marketplace that focuses on automating acquisition of services contracts.

"Creating private e-marketplaces is not just about connecting buyers and sellers, it's about opening new lines of communication and increasing collaboration for a community," said Bob Kimmitt, vice chairman and president, Commerce One. "Working closely with CSC, IBM and Exostar, we expect that this private e-marketplace will provide NAVSEA with a mechanism to lower their contracts management costs and improve their decision making processes." 

"We saw the potential for a private e-marketplace and how we could benefit, but we realized that the most important task would be to select the right industry partners to implement such a program," said Captain Huff, NAVSEA. "The key was to select a team of industry leaders who had proven expertise in developing e-marketplaces, robust Commercial Off the Shelf e-business applications, and ability to integrate Navy backend systems. The combination of Commerce One, CSC, IBM and Exostar represents the best value to the Navy."

CSC will help customize this private Navy e-marketplace by providing legacy system integration, supply chain consulting services, and Navy procurement process expertise.  "NAVSEA is undergoing a major transformation in how it does business and the creation of a private e-marketplace will allow the Navy to reduce costs by managing its Services contracts more efficiently," said Maurice Gauthier, vice president, CSC's Advanced Marine Center. "The Navy has very high expectations of this functionality, and the team of Commerce One, CSC, IBM and Exostar is prepared and committed to meet them."