Computacenter and software developer Computasoft eCommerce have joined forces to attack the growing business to business ecommerce market.
The joint venture between the two companies, Biomni, will pull together the online expertise gained by both parties in their joint development of Computacenter's On-Trac electronic ordering system, the companies said.
Computacenter was one of the first UK dealers to offer large corporates the facility to buy online, when it launched On-Trac nine years ago. More than 500 customers now use the system.
Headquartered in the UK with five bases in France and Germany, Biomni will focus initially on winning business in the UK and European markets.
Computacenter chief executive Mike Norris said the decision to invest in Biomni reflected the company's confidence in the ecommerce opportunity.
"Biomni will enable us to extend the commercial reach of our joint developments over the last nine years and is our response to growing customer demand for a system that offers extended ecommerce capability," Norris said.
Former head of electronic business at Computacenter, Angus Gregory, has been appointed managing director of the new business.
Computasoft finance director Robert Farmer will take up the equivalent role at Biomni.
Computasoft eCommerce is part of the Computasoft Group, which was established in 1984 and has a turnover of £21 million (GBP).
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