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Netscape Ships BuyerXpert for Corporate Procurement

Netscape Communications Corp. delivered Netscape BuyerXpert 1.0 software this week, a packaged Internet commerce application that can automate corporate purchasing processes.

The addition of Netscape BuyerXpert 1.0 marks the commercial availability of the entire Netscape CommerceXpert product family, a suite of open standards- based software applications for automating commerce exchange, procurement and selling over the Internet.

Netscape BuyerXpert is designed to streamline the internal procurement workflow, executing external purchasing transactions and managing broad supplier relationships.

The company said it can automate the purchasing process from start to finish, including managing local and remote supplier catalogs, empowering employees to place orders from a Web browser, managing internal approvals and placing orders with suppliers' systems using either the Internet or existing legacy systems.

"With the shipment of Netscape BuyerXpert 1.0, Netscape is delivering the industry's most comprehensive family of packaged Internet solutions for procurement, selling and commerce exchange," said Daphne Carmeli, vice president of marketing in the Applications Product Division at Netscape.

Netscape said BuyerXpert is the first commercial procurement solution to support both the Open Buying on the Internet (OBI) and Internet EDI (EDIINT) standards. The product also includes contract-aware pricing for each supplier, a powerful tax engine, Dun & Bradstreet product codes, multiple concurrent requisitions, repeat and template orders and a complete reporting package.

Netscape BuyerXpert is available immediately for Sun Solaris. Pricing starts at $250,000 for a two-processor computer system.