SAP Offers E-Commerce for Beginners

AUCKLAND (04/20/2000) - ERP systems provider SAP AG has released a starter pack which enables its customers to offer an electronic commerce solution in five days.

The starter pack has three components which can be bought independently -- electronic procurement, an online store and a desktop interface which is customized for each employee's role.

SAP's recently appointed e-business architect Brent Ellison says SAP will implement the starter pack in five days including integration with the customer's core system. Although the starter pack will work with other back-end systems, it is specifically targeted at and will integrate most tightly with SAP's software, he says.

"Most businesses are looking at point solutions to make it easier to buy or sell, but you have to look at the whole business process. Collaborative business is becoming the competitive advantage," says Ellison.

For e-procurement suppliers SAP provides an XML (extensible markup language) interface service which will allow their electronic catalogues and systems to receive orders from an SAP-enabled customer site.

Blue Star companies OTC and Whitcoulls Office Products; engineering supplier Blackwoods and office supplier Corporate Express are working to enable their e-procurement sites in this way.

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