Commerce One garners support for Web services platform

Commerce One Inc. announced six new technology partnerships Wednesday to support the Commerce One Web services platform and its supplier relationship management application.

Actional Corp., Baltimore Technologies PLC, Cognos Inc., Contivo Inc., Sonic Software Corp., and VeriSign Inc. will all make technology contributions to the new Commerce One 6.0 product suite. The Web services solutions are designed to help Commerce One customers connect and optimize applications and business processes throughout the enterprise, according to Commerce One officials.

Initially the solution will focus where demand is greatest from its customers -- integrating components of the supply network, enabling real-time secure information exchange, and reducing operating costs. In addition, Commerce One announced a partnership with Saytam Computer Services for systems integration for its Web services solutions.

Commerce One is partnering with these vendors to ensure that its new Web services solutions have the most secure and advanced integration and business intelligence capabilities, said Mark Hoffman, chairman and CEO of Commerce One. 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 added.

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

Baltimore Technologies will contribute security capabilities to the Web services platform, and VeriSign brings its Trust Services Integration Kit, which is a key component of the platform's security architecture.

Cognos will add business intelligence technology for data collection, aggregation, and analysis, while Contivo will enhance Commerce One's suite with data modeling, data mapping, and data transformation technology, helping the platform reduce data integration and implementation time and costs.

Sonic Software provides a standards-based infrastructure that helps accelerate the deployment of cost-effective integration solutions, and Actional, for its part, will expose Enterprise Resource Planning and legacy system interfaces as reusable Web services via its Actional SOAPswitch.

The Commerce One 6.0 suite will be generally available in the first quarter of 2003.

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