Commerce One garners support for Web services

Commerce One unveiled its Web services strategy last Thursday with announcements of a slew of new partnerships to provide key technology enhancements such as guaranteed message delivery and data mapping to the company's new Web services platform.

Actional Corp., Baltimore Technologies PLC, Cognos Inc., Contivo Inc., Sonic Software Corp., and VeriSign Inc. will all make technology contributions to the new platform, due out in beta in the fourth quarter of 2002.

The platform will power Commerce One 6.0, a new suite of supplier relationship management Web services designed to boost enterprise sourcing and procurement applications.

Commerce One's new Web services solutions are designed to help its customers connect and optimize applications and business processes throughout the enterprise, according to company officials.

"Instead of integration, we think about connectivity and connecting to the application," said Mark Hoffman, chairman and CEO of Commerce One at InfoWorld's Next-Generation Web Services II: The Applications conference here. "As you start to assemble these applications, then you have to put business logic between these applications."

"I need some way to assemble new applications or even to add new functionality to these repurposed applications," he added.

The new product suite will solve a critical pain point for companies that need more control, more real-time visibility, and increased efficiencies throughout their supply networks, he said.

In addition, Commerce One announced a partnership with Saytam Computer Services for systems integration for its Web services solutions.

The partners will be addressing various aspects of Web services connectivity for enterprise applications.

-- Actional: Will expose legacy systems as reusable Web services-- Baltimore Technologies: Adds security capabilities to the Web services platform-- Cognos: Adds data collection, aggregation, and analysis for business intelligence-- Contivo: Provides data mapping-- Sonic Software: Provides enterprise messaging to ensure reliability-- VeriSign: Adds its Trust Integration Kit, which is a key component of the platform's security architecture

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