Canadian software company Speedware introduced at IT Expo what it claims is the first ready-to-use Internet commerce system designed for business-to-business electronic trading rather than consumer or shopping mall applications.
After the initial hype surrounding online shopping, analysts have revised their predictions and estimated that business-to-business e-commerce will outpace consumer transactions for the foreseeable future.
Business-to-business e-trading will be worth $120 billion by Y2K, according to one research company, Input.
OrderPoint was developed using the company's Internet server-based RAD tool, Autobahn. The package can be installed by non-technical staff, says Speedware, to Web-enabled an organisation's entire sales channel, including ordering, requisitioning, sales enquiries, order tracking and, through support of both SSL and SHTTP encryption and CyberCash, it can handle secure transactions from end to end.
Speedware is pitching OrderPoint at medium sized manufacturing and distribution companies. It can run on NT and Unix and includes a Web server from O'Reilly Associates. It is priced from #20,000.
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