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Commerce One, SABRE Group Form Strategic Alliance

Commerce One Inc., a provider of electronic procurement solutions, and The SABRE Group, formed a strategic alliance to create an enterprise solution that will enable organizations to further streamline the purchasing process.

By integrating Commerce One's Commerce Chain Solution with SABRE Business Travel Solutions companies will be able to automate and streamline the purchases of items such as indirect goods, company services and business travel, the two firms said. Additionally, the integrated solution will enable organizations to achieve a single point of control over corporate spending to reduce costs, eliminate inefficiencies and increase return on investment.

Commerce One BuySite is a Web-based procurement application that enables business-to-business buying over the Internet. SABRE Business Travel Solutions' software suite provides travel booking and travel policy management, expense reporting and decision-making tools.

"Our research of early adopters of Internet procurement automation indicates that there is a significant need and opportunity to streamline and improve control over corporate purchases beyond traditional MRO supplies," said Tim Minahan, senior analyst of e-commerce at Aberdeen Group.

"Travel and entertainment is an ideal candidate for Internet-based automation because such expenses are common to the income statements of most organizations, and T&E purchasing is currently a highly decentralized and paper-intensive activity."

Commerce One customers will be able to easily access SABRE Business Travel Solutions through Commerce One BuySite with a single user logon. By bringing these two products together, the user is able to handle all purchases through one application.

"The SABRE Group's commitment to T&E automation made this a natural alliance for Commerce One, as it will create an opportunity for corporations to further reduce procurement costs," said Mark Hoffman, president and CEO of Commerce One.

"The SABRE Group has proven over the last three years that by automating the purchase of travel, you can directly impact a company's bottom line, and we believe our alliance with Commerce One will help reduce an organization's procurement costs even further," said Sam Gilliland, senior vice president of SABRE Travel Information Network, a division of The SABRE Group, and general manager of SABRE Business Travel Solutions.

Commerce One and The SABRE Group will work together on sales and marketing. The integrated product is scheduled to be available later this quarter. Pricing was not disclosed.



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