Buyers Guide: A snapshot of vendors operating in the B2B market


E-Commerce Payment Gateway

The E-Commerce Payment Gateway technology enables Web merchants to securely accept and verify credit card transactions that occur on e-commerce Web sites in real time on the Internet. The E-Commerce Merchant Server delivers credit card details from the merchant Web site to the secure gateway, which converts them to the Australian Banking Standard 2805F (ISO 8583) via the encrypted link to the bank for processing.

Once the bank approves the transaction, details are sent back to the gateway, which logs the transaction and sends the approval to the server on the Web site. The transaction response time is between five and 20 seconds.

Pricing: Top recommended retail price is 95c per transaction, but can be reduced substantially with high-volume transactions.

Contact: (08) 8303 3300



TimeControl is a rentable, business-to-business time sheet and project tracking Web application, enabling organisations to track and analyse workplace productivity by managing and processing timesheets electronically. e-tivity TimeControl allows internal departments, contractors, remote office workers or clients to track and maintain control of work assignments globally in real time. It lets users control human resource costs, assess project profitability and manage budgets in a paperless environment.e-tivity TimeControl enables users to track work and manage projects to completion, on time and on budget and also enables comparisons between project actual time and project-estimated time, for improving planning and budget projections. e-tivity TimeControl was designed from inception to operate in a Web environment. It is a rentable Web application and will be available from June 1.

Price: on application

Contact: (03) 9631 6056



TradeMatrix is an electronic business solution that lets companies deploy both private and public business-to-business and business-to-consumer portals. The solution spans different industry verticals, providing e-business services for each industry, including fulfilment, customer care, commerce, retail, planning and product development.

The service provides for both direct and indirect procurement: direct covers purchase of products and services used in production, while indirect refers to non-production products and services.

TradeMatrix provides an integrated suite of capabilities to cover enterprise e-procurement needs, from qualification through sourcing, ordering, monitoring, reporting and analysis.

The solution provides the following differentiated capabilities:

* collaboration support for the procurement lifecycle* planning and decision support for the procurement lifecycle* Internet-based execution with enterprise linkages* comprehensive content.

Pricing: depends on company size, procurement spend and other variables. There is an initial module fee as a percentage of the last year's annual procurement spend. A maintenance and content fee is also charged, depending on the content required (direct and/or indirect). Subsequent pricing is on a transaction basis, with tiers for transaction volume discounting.

Contact: (03) 9865 9918 or

Informix Software


i.Sell, is an integrated, end-to-end electronic commerce solution, which delivers a suite of products and services designed for delivering fast and secure transactions, personalised Web site content, targeted merchandising, and analysis.

The solution combines the database transaction engine (Informix Dynamic Server) with e-commerce applications, enterprise consulting, and global support to create flexible and scalable solutions.

Pricing: on application

Contact: 1800 707 702


Marketboomer's electronic trading tools encompass the Dynamic Trading Engine (DTE) and the Dynamic Marketing Engine (DME). Purchasers order at the best price from a range of pre-selected suppliers using a customised Web interface. Suppliers and purchasers set up their trading ‘rules' on the system, which then ensures orders meet the rules of both parties.

The DME provides an interface that offers the user access to market information generated by the centralised Dynamic Trading Engine.

Suppliers are able to create promotions by directing banner ads to specific purchasers and track the impact of that promotion by monitoring ordering statistics.

Contact: 1300 722 002


Oracle Internet Procurement

Oracle Internet Procurement has capabilities such as global Purchasing Intelligence, self-service with self-guiding catalogue, 100 per cent lifecycle automation, and tools to enhance supplier efficiencies. Oracle's Internet Procurement solution leverages Oracle Internet Procurement, Oracle Supplier Network, and Oracle Exchange. These offerings automate and centralise procurement functions such as sourcing, approval routing, and payments while decentralising the requisitioning and receiving process. Oracle Internet Procurement offers support for all types of purchases - production, non-production, capital, (maintenance, repair and operating), service and administrative.

Using workflow technology and self-service applications, Oracle Internet Procurement delivers automated transaction processing to employee desktops to let them use their browser to access online, self-guiding catalogues and procure items they need quickly and efficiently.

Supply Management Portal, a self-service procurement application, promotes supplier efficiencies by letting them access information ranging from business transaction details to performance statistics.

Products are customised to each system and priced accordingly.

Contact: (02) 9491 1000

PSDI is a wholly owned subsidiary of PSDI and provider of Internet-based business-to-business systems, helping capital-intensive industries tackle the complexities of the MRO (maintenance, repair and operating) materials procurement market. links an online community of MRO suppliers and buyers to a group of Internet-based desktop requisition and online procurement software products that reduce purchasing and inventory costs.

As a single catalogue, personalised by customer, for suppliers makes it easy to create and maintain a sophisticated online catalogue complete with text, photos, drawings, and item-specific Web links. Exchange is an online auction tool, which enables companies to expand the reach of their traditional purchasing processes.

Pricing: on application.

Contact: 1800 037 788.


QAD's ERP product, Mfg/Pro lets companies Web-enable their supply chains. The product's B2B and B2C applications enable secure, scalable buying and selling over the Web.

QAD also provides a methodology, Solutions Space, to identify a company's optimum e-business strategy according to its specific needs and then organise the business into three distinct ‘solution spaces': e-commerce, collaborative and enterprise. From this, QAD will help the organisation develop a hybrid, e-business solution.

Contact: (02) 9857 3000



Streamlink's electronic procurement solution, e-Procure, uses Internet and intranet technology to connect requestors to approvers, and buyers to suppliers. e-Procure is a Java-based software tool which streamlines the purchase process of many basic, non-inventory goods. The solution automates the procurement process from purchase requisition though to transmitting purchase orders and receipting products. Back office ERP systems can also be automatically updated.e-Procure also features a purchase card facility. Many companies issue purchase cards to employees for purchasing low value items. With e-Procure, the purchase card provider sends the cardholder a statement of purchases direct to their e-mail address. Using e-Procure's PCard facility, purchase cardholders can then reconcile their electronic statements on a daily, weekly or monthly basis.

Pricing depends on configuration

Contact: (02) 9391 0522



AMTrix provides a comprehensive and flexible technology that provides the engine for: internal integration; B2B integration; dynamic trading communities; and supply chain synchronisation. It allows integration between diverse and remote systems by connecting multiple applications, platforms, databases and communication protocols across trading partners.

It enables real-time information between trading partners, which helps companies manage mission-critical events within a public or private exchange.

AMTrix seamlessly supports all processes to synchronise supply chains; by leveraging Internet-based supply chain integration, customers, partners and suppliers can achieve measurable benefits in inventory visibility, order fulfilment and logistics asset utilisation.

Operating on Unix, Windows NT and AS/400, AMTrix provides the full range of functions needed to integrate diverse systems across operating platforms, databases, communication environments, technology infrastructures, e-commerce standards and application formats. AMTrix also supports communications formats from EDI to XML and its many variations.

Contact: (02) 9911 7788

Printer rerun

The Okipage 8c Plus colour printer price was shown as $46,499 in the Network Printers Buyers Guide (Computerworld 15 May, page 38). The correct price is $6499.

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