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Ariba, Commerce One Continue War of Words

The two B2B players brag about new customers.





Commerce One


continued to issue dueling press releases Tuesday.


duel comes as the two are holding their respective user conferences, Ariba in Miami and Commerce One in Las Vegas.

From Miami, Ariba (finally) announced that it landed


, an Internet exchange for the food industry where companies will be able to buy and sell supplies online. Arbia had been expected to capture the new customer for some time.

Transora was founded by more than 50 of the world's leading consumer products companies, which have a combined purchasing power of $500 billion annually. That's more than half of the global consumer products industry, Ariba said. Ariba partner

i2 Technologies


will provide supply-chain software to the exchange. But another Ariba partner,


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wasn't mentioned in the release.

"After extensive evaluation of the available technologies, Ariba and i2 clearly offered the most complete, unified platform of applications," said Alex Gibbons, Transora's acting chief technology officer.

Meanwhile, Commerce One was crowing here about a new customer of its own. The company said

Computer Sciences


would use its software to set up an exchange on the Internet so it can work with its customers and suppliers online. Computer Sciences spends nearly $5 billion a year on materials and supplies. That kind of set up, known as a private exchange because access is controlled by the company running it, has been all the rage lately in B2B.

The two companies also announced a partnership that will focus on getting Commerce One's software into government markets.

And finally, Commerce One said it successfully completed a pilot program with


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to connect suppliers to


, the Internet exchange being set up for the aerospace industry. The pilot focused on bringing companies using an older form of B2B technology called electronic data interchange onto the Web.

Commerce One also said it's working to bring users of

GE Global Exchange Services

onto Exostar. Commerce One and GE Global Exchange Services, which acts as a clearinghouse for purchasing among

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units, announced a partnership earlier this year.