Netscape broadens CommerceXpert line

Netscape Communications has announced the production release of BuyerXpert 1.0, a procurement application that completes the company's CommerceXpert line of electronic commerce products.

The CommerceXpert products were acquired by Netscape in its purchase of Actra Business Systems LLC from GE Information Systems last year.

BuyerXpert, which has been in public beta release since November, helps companies automate business-to-business purchasing and reduces paperwork by facilitating transactions via a Web browser. The product can also create templates for packages of items that are purchased regularly; the creation of multiple catalogs; custom pricing configurations; and diverse search capabilities.

Netscape tends to focus on open standards in its products, and BuyerXpert is no exception. The product provides compatibility with electronic commerce standards, such as Open Buying on the Internet and EDI Over the Internet.

BuyerXpert starts at $US250,000 for a two-processor system on Sun Solaris. It also requires the ECXpert module, which provides basic commerce and transaction capabilities as well as linkage to EDI systems through the Internet.

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