Digital Commerce Provides Interface for U.S. E-Commerce Catalog

Digital Commerce Corp. said it is providing an intuitive user interface technology as a key component of an Internet electronic commerce catalog pilot program sponsored by CommerceNet and the U.S. government.

The goal is to make government catalogs more cost-effective.

In the first stage of the pilot, DCC will provide the capability to allow
comparison between data/content located at a number of government
e-commerce sites as well as commercial catalog sites, the companies said.
DCC’s interface is intended to enable users to locate, access, and compare
products in the marketplace using single search instructions and give them
flexibility in how to compare products based on their preferred criteria.

Financial details of the project were not disclosed.

“DCC’s strength is developing e-commerce solutions for government end-users
and vendors to the government,” said Tony Bansal, president and CEO. “This
uniquely positions us to create virtual data interoperability solutions
which will be key for the next phase of the e-commerce system. The pilot
program is a great opportunity for us to explore virtual data
interoperability issues that are not being addressed by any other standards

“This pilot project will pave the way for government’s entry into the
digital economy,” said Tony Trenkle, co-chair of the Federal Electronic
Commerce Program Office. “With broad, easy access to online purchasing
catalogs, federal buyers will find items from a variety of sources on the
Internet at competitive prices. Interoperability has the potential to slash
procurement cycles and costs.”

The catalog test program, based in Washington DC, is now in its pilot test
phase after a comprehensive study revealed that the Federal Government
could save in repetitive annual costs associated with the development and
maintenance of multi inter-agency procurement catalogs, the firms said.

The results of the test will be submitted to a special U.S. Congress
subcommittee as the working model to be replicated for wide-scale
government deployment. The pilot includes the General Services
Administration (GSA), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA),
Defense Information
Services Agency (DISA), the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), and the
Department of the Navy.

“CommerceNet is very pleased to have Digital Commerce’s vast experience and
proven advanced technologies for use in this pilot,” said Ron Parsons,
director of e-commerce business strategies and Eastern Region Operations
for CommerceNet. “Working together with DCC and the other government and
industry agencies, we look forward to developing a consistent growth plan
that will provide the basis for secure electronic commerce environments and
programs for the future.”

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