Asera has released version 5.0 of its ebusiness operating system with support for web services. The software lets companies collaborate with partners and suppliers even if their systems are not compatible.
"IT managers do not want to replace enterprise resource planning systems and this is an alternative enabling the delivery of integration with business partners at a fraction of the cost and time," said Kevin Leslie, UK managing director at Asera.
"Companies want to deploy a platform that will future-proof investments and support for web services, and this release supports that," he added.
With version 5.0 enterprises can use Asera to compose and publish web services from legacy or packaged software, including products from SAP and Oracle.
The latest release is also compliant with web services standards including Simple Object Access Protocol, Web Services Definition Language, and Universal Discovery, Description, and Integration Protocol.
New research by Frost & Sullivan shows that standards have been a problem to date for the take up of e-procurement.
"The lack of universal standards has to date hampered the large-scale deployment of e-procurement applications. Conformity with standards is vital to the e-procurement market's growth prospects," commented Eduardo Gonzalez, research analyst at Frost & Sullivan.
Earlier versions of the Asera software enabled the creation of cross-enterprise processes that take advantage of past IT investments in data-to-data level software integration. The latest release provides Asera customers with the ability to model all enterprise business processes including logic, security and presentation, the company explained.
The software has seen demand from customers wishing to rapidly build private e-marketplaces to trade with partners.
This summer Asera was selected to provide the technology to run the new Steel24-7 e-marketplace to be launched jointly by Arbed/Aceralia, Corus, Thyssenkrupp Steel and Usinor. The e-marketplace is currently undergoing European Union approval to ensure it meets the rules of competition, and is due to open by the end of the year.
"We wanted to be able to deliver at least the core part of the service quickly. Asera was prepared to offer this within 90 days, unlike other vendors we approached," said Paul Gourlet, project director for Steel24-7.
Steel24-7 will provide a single, secure place on the internet for customers of the member organisations to transact. When the marketplace goes live it will allow customers to ask for quotes from one or all of the members, configure and place orders, view specifications of materials, and track and trace orders from any of the manufacturers throughout the order's lifecycle.
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