Cisco Systems has partnered with a handful of application vendors and consulting firms to create a program designed to make it easier for businesses to set up an electronic commerce system on the Internet.
The program is aimed at large and medium-size companies interested primarily in doing business-to-business e-commerce. For all the hooplah about the money consumers are spending online, business-to-business commerce is where the real money on the Web is being made, according to Cisco.
The networking firm has endorsed three software partners to be part of its program: BroadVision, InterWorld, and Open Market. It has also chosen consulting integration firms Cambridge Technology Partners, Ernst & Young, and KPMG.
The program also draws on networking equipment from Cisco, as well as knowledge the firm has accrued through its own online sales activities, which it says it will pass on to customers through its consulting partners. Cisco claims to do around $US23 million in online business daily.
Called Internet Commerce Solution, the program is available initially in the US. Once it has been tested successfully there, Cisco plans to offer it in Europe, then later in the Asia-Pacific region and finally in Latin America, a company representative said.