Menu Briefs: Commerce One, Microsoft, Secure eHost Briefs: Commerce One, Microsoft, Secure eHost

C1 slashes staff

Business-to-business (B2B) software developer Commerce One has confirmed it would cut up to 10 per cent of its workforce, 360 employees, in an effort to reduce costs amid slowdowns in the US economy and IT spending.

Commerce One, which develops software for online market places, currently has approximately 3600 employees. The layoffs, which began in the first quarter of this year, will impact all divisions including sales, marketing and development.

Commerce One isn't the only B2B vendor that has been hit by the current woes on Wall Street. Last month rivals Ariba and I2 Technologies cut one-third and 10 per cent of their staff, respectively. Commerce One officials have been fending off rumours that it is a likely candidate to be acquired by re-invented ERP vendor SAP.

Expert takes out MS Gold

Following the announcement that Infra would become the first Gold Certified Partner under Microsoft's new certification program, the vendor has appointed Melbourne-based IT services company Expert Information Services as a Gold Certified Partner for e-commerce solutions.

Expert develops and integrates e-business solutions for its clients, based on the Microsoft platform. It is the only Australian channel partner authorised to run Windows 2000 compatibility testing for ISV (independent software vendor) applications through its lab.

The Gold Partner status is intended to increase the value of companies like Expert and Infra in the eyes of end users. Essentially, making the necessary preparations to become certified is a form of branding and gives a channel company access to other benefits, such as specialised training opportunities, increased product licences and a prioritised listing on referrals and business engagements.

A host of opportunities

Adelaide-based Web developer Secure eHost has released an e-commerce product for the small business market which integrates online orders with popular SME accounting software.

The current version of its flagship product, FlexeGate, integrates online customer purchases with Quickbooks software. By the third quarter of this year, the developers will also integrate online orders with the popular MYOB suite of products.

Developer and Secure eHost director Linda Putland said the product acts as middleware between a shopping cart and accounting systems, cutting out the need for any additional data entry. Putland said the integration with the popular accounting products should provide the developer with a range of new channel opportunities.

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