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Lucent Technologies Selects Ariba B2B Commerce

Communications networking company Lucent Technologies has selected the Ariba B2B Commerce Platform as a solution to achieve supply chain efficiencies with its suppliers via the Internet.

Lucent signed an 18-month licensing agreement with Ariba Inc. and will use the Ariba Buyer solution as one of a variety of measures aimed at improving the management of its purchasing activities for goods and services worldwide. Financial specifics were not disclosed.

The Ariba Buyer solution will provide Lucent employees with a Web-based system to order non-manufacturing related goods and services worldwide, such as office supplies and business consulting services.

Lucent said Ariba Buyer is expected to enable the company to electronically aggregate corporate purchasing from each employee's desktop and direct spending to preferred suppliers and B2B marketplaces, resulting in volume pricing discounts.

"The customization and scalability of the Ariba platform made the Ariba Buyer solution a logical choice for furthering our e-commerce supply chain initiatives," said Jose Mejia, chief supply officer for Lucent Technologies.

The Ariba B2B Commerce Platform integrates with the open Ariba Commerce Services Network, including electronic payments, logistics, supplier enablement and content services, streamlined transaction routing services and information and analysis services.