Clarus Strengthens E-Procurement Hosting

B2B software vendor Clarus Corp. appointed Telecomputing as its fifth ASP partner and added international support to its hosted e-procurement platform this week.

Telecomputing Inc. introduced a “Quick Start” program for Clarus eProcurement as an antidote to lengthy implementation times that it says have been a major barrier against companies entering the e-procurement business arena.

“By aligning with Clarus, TeleComputing customers who meet Quick Start requirements can achieve implementation in days, versus an often cost-prohibitive, time-consuming process that can take months,” said Jostein Eikeland, TeleComputing President and CEO.

Telecomputing joins Cereus , Data Return , Interliant and USinternetworking on the vendor’s ASP partner roster. The official announcement today is a confirmation of informal links that date back at least a year. Clarus and Telecomputing were both early participants in Microsoft‘s pilots of hosted application bundles, which were formally launched last October – see related story, MS launches hosting packages, news/analysis, Oct 27th 1999.

“We selected TeleComputing as an ASP partner due to its proven experience and leadership position in the marketplace. Its strategic services, combined with the innovative e-commerce solutions delivered by Clarus, will allow customers to quickly and efficiently implement and deploy e-procurement to entire organizations,” said Steve Hornyak, vice president of strategy and business development at Clarus.

Clarus eProcurement automates the purchase request and purchase order process. Supported procurement business functions include employee-direct purchasing, total control of catalog management and policy enforcement, a strategic approach to building supplier relationships and buyer discounts, cost-savings that immediately contribute to a business’ bottom line, a wealth of valuable reporting data to track spending trends, and various drilldown options to pinpoint source information.

Due to ship by the end of this month, the new version 6.0 of Clarus eProcurement aims to address the needs of the global market by providing full multi-currency, tax, localization and multi-lingual capabilities. The seven new languages supported are Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, German, Norwegian, UK English and Korean. Support for Chinese, Japanese, French, Canadian French and Hebrew will follow by September 2000.

The announcements came yesterday (Jun 8th) at the Clarus eC Leadership Conference being held in Orlando, Fla, alongside other news relating to the company’s Internet marketplace and transaction settlement offerings – see related asp-news story, Clarus Releases Important Announcements, Jun 9th 2000.

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