|July 31, 2000|
Commerce One Integrates Electronic Data Interchange
Alliance with GE global exchange services handles billing and tracking of purchases
By Cheryl Rosen
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"We can accept XML inputs from Commerce One and convert them into protocols like X.12 and Edifact, which have represented the lingua franca of business-to-business E-commerce for over a decade," says Harvey Seegers, GE Global Exchange's president and CEO. GE Global Exchange, which has an EDI network that handles $1 trillion in volume a year, will support billing, reporting, and tracking of purchases; pre- and post-transaction collaboration; and the download of data into corporate accounting systems. The vendors will sell each other's products and partner on customer support and implementation.
Wall Street sees the combination as a smart move in the early heat for E-marketplace dominance. "It's a foot- race between them," says Jon Ekoniak, senior research analyst at U.S. Bancorp Piper Jaffray. But unlike Ariba's alliances with IBM and supply-chain management vendor i2 Technologies, Commerce One's deal "is a relationship with a company actually doing electronic transactions, and it will give Commerce One a leg up," he says.
Some customers say the difference between Commerce One and Ariba is one of philosophy as much as technology. "Ariba focuses on being an unbiased broker between the seller and the buyer," says Michael Sites, VP of E-commerce at Sabre Inc., which is partnering with Ariba on two travel-industry marketplaces, "whereas Commerce One works with suppliers."
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