AT&T Joins B2B

New e-procurement solution is formed by alliance of industry giants

TORONTO  PRNewswire  January 15, 2001  AT&T is not just for phoning home anymore. AT&T Canada recently announced the launch of AT&T Canada Marketplace, an ASP-based e-procurement and supply chain management service. The Marketplace can be accessed on a rental basis and offers access to a wide range of services through its impressive strategic alliances with IBM Canada, Ariba and i2 Technologies. IBM Canada serves as its implementation partner, while i2 and Ariba are its technology partners.

IBM Canada is providing implementation support and services to allow customer turn-up of the e-procurement solutions within 60 to 90 days. As technology providers, Ariba and i2 offer proven B2B service platforms for e-procurement and supply chain management. AT&T Canada provides on-going application support, security and infrastructure. The application is hosted at the company's Internet Data Centre.

AT&T Canada Marketplace is an exciting step in the continuing development of our ASP platforms and infrastructure built to launch new services that broaden and deepen our capabilities to deliver value to Canadian businesses, said John McLennan, Vice Chairman and CEO of AT&T Canada. We're moving quickly to layer unique information-based applications on top of our expansive fiber optic networks and web hosting capabilities as we evolve AT&T Canada to become an even stronger business partner for our customers. The opportunity for businesses to have reliable applications which they do not have to support, deploy and manage in-house and that leverage the speed and savings opportunities inherent with the Internet translate to real competitive advantage.

Customers have the option to leverage the AT&T Canada Marketplace e-procurement application or to use it to build their own e-Marketplace. In addition to the over 30,000 global suppliers on the Ariba Commerce Services Network, COMPAQ Canada, Lyreco Canada, and IBM Canada have agreed to offer their products to AT&T Canada Marketplace customers. AT&T Canada has also entered into an alliance with to assist suppliers in integrating their products and services.

AT&T Canada Marketplace leads the suite of planned ASP services that AT&T Canada will launch in the coming months.