Commerce One Inc., a provider of Web-based, enterprise procurement solutions that link buying and selling organizations into real-time trading communities, hired execs to
expand sales in Europe.
Jon Sofield, former managing director of TDS Internet, was named sales
director for the UK and Ireland. TDS Internet specializes in electronic
commerce solutions and achieved early breakthroughs with leading UK companies, including British Telecom’s ‘Trading Places’ which was classed as a first in European online trading.
Christian Kunze is heading Commerce One’s development in France. Kunze, a dual
French/USA citizen, has 14 years of experience in international sales and
business development. As the European sales manager for MIPS Computer Systems,
he successfully established NeXT Software in France, Spain and Italy.
Juerg W. Maybach, a co-founder of EDIFACT AG in Switzerland, was hired to
manage the company’s ‘Swiss Commerce Initiative’ together with leading
consulting, hardware and software partners, to create an electronic
InterBusiness procurement market. European operations are based in Zurich.
The Commerce Chain Solution by Commerce One is a real-time, end-to-end
electronic commerce solution for business-to-business transactions. The suite of products includes:
- Commerce One BuySite, an Internet-based electronic procurement solution
that automates the internal processes associated with product selection,
requisition, approval and procurement.
- Commerce One Electronic Commerce Network, an extranet-based supplier
management solution that automates the external processes and transactions
between trading partners.
Separately, Commerce One launched Multi-Supplier Catalog 3.1, a pre-packaged
catalog for rapid implementation of electronic procurement.
The catalog contains products from over 5,000 suppliers, distributors and
manufacturers. It lists over 5 million items from vendors specializing in
maintenance, repair and operations; IT capital equipment and supplies; office
and healthcare supplies; and telecommunications.
MSC 3.1 is available as part of the Commerce One BuySite procurement
application. Participating vendors serve mainly North America, but over time vendors from all over the world will join the initiative. Vendors include Office Depot, NECX, Hutton Communications, Praxair, 3M, Black & Decker, Graybar, Philips Lamps and Eveready Battery.