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Space Works Delivers Third-Generation Extranet Solution

Rockville, MD-based SpaceWorks Inc. rolled out Version 3.0 of its OrderManager extranet application.

The e-commerce solution automates the supply chain transactions for larger companies and their trading partners over the Web.

This third generation of the OrderManager application adds expanded capabilities to strengthen real-time, Internet/extranet-based "self-service" order processing channels created between a company's back-end enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems and its trading partners.

Enhancements include the addition of purchase authorization procedures, enabling purchasing representatives to research desired products and build an order form containing selections that can then be electronically routed to a supervisor for review and approval.

The management executive can then quickly view the pending order, and by simply clicking "yes" will immediately submit the order electronically or by clicking "no (with comment)," create an audit trail that prevents unauthorized purchases.

The product also features cross-sell functionality, an enhanced search engine, instant links to UPS and FedEx Web-based tracking systems, and a guest feature that allows clients to provide temporary access to prospective trading partners.

"OrderManager 3.0 provides a fundamental building block in the creation of a multi-tier 'virtual warehouse' which can be deployed throughout the supply chain," said Dave MacSwain, president and CEO of SpaceWorks.

OrderManager was initially developed on the HP-UX platform, yet also operates on Sun Solaris and Microsoft NT platforms. Version 3.0 will be available by the end of the first quarter. Pricing details were not disclosed.