Commerce One readies app integration tools

Commerce One Inc. later this week will share details about its overhauled software platform, now called Collaborative Web Services Platform (CWSP).

Due out early next year, CWSP will combine tools for connecting existing applications, defining workflow, and composing new applications. It is aimed at enabling customers to make better use of data contained in legacy applications and deliver new applications as Web services, the Pleasanton, Calif., company says.

Sanjay Chikarmane, vice president of marketing at Commerce One, says the software platform is based on two of the company's existing products: MarketSite, an XML-based infrastructure for connecting trading partners' applications; and Active Market, which is based on business process management and application composition features Commerce One gained in its 2001 acquisition of software vendor Exterprise.

The new platform will feature built-in support for Web services standards including Universal Description, Discovery and Integration, a public registration technology for Web services; Simple Object Access Protocol, which defines a means for applications to exchange and process data; and Web Services Definition Language, a system for defining how a Web service is exposed.

Commerce One will sell CWSP separately, as well as bundled with the software vendor's sourcing and procurement suites - new versions of which also are in the works.

The retooled Commerce One Buy and Commerce One Source suites will be built on the new CWSP. The vendor has been working to make the applications within each suite more modular and more configurable, so companies can easily modify business processes either companywide or within specific divisions as needs change, says Peter MacDonald, solution manager for Commerce One Buy.

In CWSP, Commerce One is eliminating duplicate functions by moving them out of the different applications and consolidating them inside the core CWSP foundation, where they can be shared. For example, the applications will share common administration tools, common reporting and business intelligence resources, and a common user authentication setup.

Beta testing of CWSP will begin in October, and it will ship in the first quarter of 2003. Version 6.0 releases of Commerce One's Source and Buy suites will follow by one quarter, the company says.

Pricing for CWSP is not yet available. Pricing for modules within Commerce One's sourcing and procurement suites ranges between US$150,000 and $400,000.

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