Computacenter has become the first UK firm to include the RosettaNet Partner Interface Process (PIP) in its ecommerce systems.
The reseller set up a RosettaNet PIP link with distributor Ingram Micro, which hopes to repeat the move with other resellers.
RosettaNet is an XML-based standard to describe the electronic trading of technology products, and was set up by Tech Data, Ingram Micro, IBM and Microsoft among others. The move, orchestrated by ecommerce specialist Biomni - a company half owned by Computacenter - enables real-time pricing and availability data from Ingram to be fed into Computacenter's systems.
Angus Gregory, chief executive at Biomni, said: "Computacenter is the first to have implemented RosettaNet in the UK, and indeed Europe. I'm sure other companies will want to become part of the network. With a common ebusiness language, our solutions are ready to meet the explosive growth projected for ecommerce business by the end of 2004."
Mark Lindsay, Biomni services director, said RosettaNet's ebusiness language gives partners an easier method of passing critical information to supply chain partners.
"RosettaNet was originally set up a few years ago in the US and was an initiative to cover all transactions between IT organisations to find some straight way for them to communicate with each other," he said.
Meinie Oldersma, managing director at Ingram Micro, claimed that Ingram is "leading the way among IT distributors" because it offers its customers access to the "most rapidly delivered information".
"We are excited to have Computacenter as our first PIP partner and look forward to many more PIP deployments with customers in the future," he said.
First published in Computer Reseller News
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