Frictionless Commerce Has New On-demand Offering

Enables e-sourcing benefits for supplier relationship management software

Enables e-sourcing benefits for supplier relationship management software

Cambridge, MA — August 18, 2004 — Frictionless Commerce, a supplier relationship management (SRM) software provider, announced today a new e-sourcing on-demand offering of its Frictionless SRM application.

Frictionless said the solution, a subscription-based license model, provides a fast means to launch an e-sourcing program.

According to the provider, the subscription-based license model offers such functions as automated, scalable deployment for global organizations; secure application delivery for geographically dispersed buyers and suppliers; and migration paths to an enabled SRM platform.

Akamai Technologies, a managed service provider, powers the on-demand infrastructure. Its capabilities provide a secure and high-speed access to the application, according to Frictionless. The company added that Akamai provides the world's largest globally distributed computing platform, with more than 14,000 servers deployed in over 1,000 networks in 69 countries. For users, the experience is simple; they log into Frictionless SRM with a Web-browser.

"More and more, companies are looking for on-demand solutions as an alternative to the costs associated with maintaining perpetual software licenses or building out infrastructure," said Robert Hughes, executive vice president of Global Sales and Services, Akamai. "On-demand is more than a pricing option, however; it's about the secure delivery of enterprise system capabilities when and where they are needed."

Stephen Sharp, president and CEO of Frictionless Commerce, commented that each company has very different SRM requirements. "What makes [the Frictionless SRM application] unique is the ability of our e-sourcing on-demand customers to migrate to a SRM platform as their needs evolve over time," he said.