Telecom New Zealand is poised to fill an important gap in its electronic commerce strategy. A representative of the U.S. company CommerceOne was in New Zealand recently looking to conclude a deal that would seem to help Telecom fulfill its strategic aim of establishing online trading communities.
CommerceOne's products are already being used as the base for e-commerce portals by British Telecommunications PLC, Nippon Telephone & Telegraph Corp. and Singapore Telecommunications Ltd.
The U.S. company also has hooks into Intershop, the German technology behind Telecom's flagship Business Builder product and the SAP enterprise platform Telecom uses, and plans to leverage them for future e-commerce initiatives.
Although Telecom has fulfilled some of the aims set out by the carrier's Chief Executive Roderick Deane -- notably the development of its corporate intranet -- the telecom has said little since about trading communities and has not appeared to have any obvious means to pursue such a goal.
CommerceOne's Commerce Chain Solution links buying and supplying organizations into "real-time trading communities" in a way the U.S. company says increases efficiency and "reduces operational costs across the entire indirect supply chain." The solution includes a module called BuySite, which automates the internal procurement process from requisition to order; and another called MarketSite, which automates supplier interactions and creates e-commerce portals. Computerworld understands that one other company is in the running for the Telecom contract.