Summit Update

Day three at the Summit

SAN FRANCISCO - January 10, 2001 - Enabling supply chain visibility and providing for trust in an online trading environment were among the themes that sounded from the stage during the third day of the iSource Top 100 e-Procurement Summit.

The Summit is providing a forum for the leading supply chain enablers to explain to potential customers, analysts and the media the specific business problems that they address and the benefits of their respective solutions.

Several of the enablers noted that their solutions can provide greater visibility into various aspects of the supply chain. US Bancorp, for example, can give its users visibility into transactions being executed on online B2B systems through the company's payment systems. webPLAN, a supplier of supply chain solutions for manufacturers, demonstrated how the company's Web applications can provide a window into an enterprise's supply chain for both the buy side and the supply side. And b2bsolutionsonline, a British company that is establishing a foothold in the North American market, highlighted its vision for a "glass pipeline," with total visibility throughout the supply chain.

SurePay, and SupplierInsight, meanwhile, touched on various aspects of online trust, with each of the enablers explaining how their respective solutions promote trust in the supply chain.

Other presenters at the Wednesday morning session of the Summit included Webango, Usi, RightFreight, Perigrine Systems, RightWorks, NextDoor Networks and Commerce One. Emptoris and SAQQARA also presented. The afternoon session saw presentations by trainAbility, Firmbuy, DoveBid, ec-Content, BMO ePurchasing, Osprey, Tigris, MROLink and GlobalExchange.

During the morning session, David Bannister, director of business development for iSource, moderated a brief question-and-answer segment with three supply chain practitioners attending the Summit. The practitioners noted that the Summit had given them a broad perspective on the solutions available to them, and they said they had already initiated contacts with several enablers regarding potential projects.

Bannister noted that a fourth practitioner who had spoken during the Tuesday session of the Summit was unable to come up on stage on Wednesday because he was pursuing meetings with his CEO and enablers he had met on Tuesday.

The Summit was set to wrap up on Thursday, January 11, with additional enabler presentations and a speech by Julie Murphree, editor of iSource Business magazine.