The best-kept secret surrounding Australia's largest e-commerce portal was aired yesterday, with a blanket announcement that five firms will provide the technology solutions for corProcure.
Commerce One will provide the technology platform with the help of inter-enterprise software company, SAP. Telstra and PricewaterhouseCoopers will deliver offshore marketplace hosting, network infrastructure and systems integration to facilitate rapid deployment and speed to market. MarchFIRST web masters will provide design and navigation solutions for the Web site and intranet.
"We have developed and delivered a total technology solution for the initial phase of corProcure's development," said Cameron Moroney, corProcure's interim CEO. "Commerce One and SAP will build the engine for corProcure, Telstra and PricewaterhouseCoopers will provide the infrastructure and integration required to take the exchange to the market, and marchFIRST will deliver the look, feel and usability of the marketplace."
The marketplace will be hosted offshore in an effort to take advantage of opportunities created by new product development and rapid deployment from Commerce One and SAP. "This will both optimise speed-to-market and allow corProcure to take rapid advantage of technology solutions and products as they emerge," said Moroney.
While the financials surrounding the deal are undisclosed, Moroney feels this announcement marks the concrete foundation for the turn-key technology solutions that will drive the accelerated development and roll-out of the e-marketplace.
With the detailed plans for building, integration and testing of the exchange now underway, discussions with additional technology developers and providers are imminent for the medium to long-term as corProcure evolves and extends its marketplace functionality.
CorProcure has also formed an alliance between SAP's mySAP.com marketplace and the corProcure portal to extend the reach and benefits of both marketplacesThe announcement has taken the focus off recent speculation of squabbles within the corProcure conglomerate. The extension of PricewaterhouseCoopers' contract, from sourcing and procurement into the integration arena, has also dissipated rumors that the company would be ousted from the process due to internal unrest.