SAP organizations interested in getting a leg up on e-commerce applications should be paying close attention to recent developments in California. The SAPMarkets/Commerce One collaboration there promises to simplify development of supplier and customer-focused e-commerce initiatives.
SAPMarkets is a subsidiary of SAP AG that offers Internet marketplace solutions and handles procurement and selling activities through a team-based strategy with Commerce One. Together, they deliver product strategies, co-engineering, marketing, sales and support.
"The most exciting developments in the SAP world are not coming from Germany, they're coming from California, with SAPMarkets and Commerce One," said David Boulanger, director of the SAP service at AMR Research, Inc. in Boston. "They're developing a combined package that lets you integrate the SAP backbone into the Commerce One marketplace technology, in effect, extending the SAP backbone from inside the organization to outside the four walls, to suppliers and customers."
This is good news for those installing SAP, since it promises to facilitate easier e-commerce integration. "SAP users faced with the task of creating private marketplaces are burdened with setting up the XML transactions, the security, workflow, supplier profiles, and so on," Boulanger said. "Commerce One, together with many of the tools found within mySAP.com, eases that whole process."
Pleasanton, Calif.-based Commerce One is also looking to ensure interoperability beyond the SAP world. "The beauty of the Commerce One stuff is that Commerce One intends to be the merchant of choice for any customer who wants to set up a marketplace," Boulanger said. "So they intend to be fully interoperable with Ariba, EDI, XML, XCBL, which is the Commerce One derivative of XML, and even Ariba's derivative, XRML."
AMR Research predicts that the market for private exchanges will mushroom in 2001. "A lot of customers are looking at investing in the technology to create private exchanges in 2001," Boulanger said. "We're predicting that somewhere over $1 billion will be spent in the U.S. in 2001 on private marketplaces. This SAP/Commerce One initiative goes a long way toward easing implementation."
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