Oracle has begun implementing electronic procurement as part of an ambitious e-business relationship worth tens of billions of dollars with US motor giant Ford.
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The project called AutoXchange, was first announced in early November with the goal of facilitating the creation of an e-business integrated supply chain run jointly by the two companies.
The project is expected to lead to an overhaul of the $80bn Ford spends each year on purchasing. More than 30,000 suppliers are part of an extended supply chain worth more than $300bn.
The Ford-Oracle e-business relationship is expected to comprise all elements: supply chain management, customer relationship management, and e-procurement.
A similar project, dubbed Trade Exchange is also being developed by Ford's main rival, General Motors, together with e-commerce specialist Commerce One.
Oracle is now expected to build on the Ford relationship to develop its e-business solutions for other market sectors, such as aerospace.