BT plans £1bn B2B exchange on Oracle

BT has dropped Commerce One in favour of Oracle in a bid to enhance its BT Transact business-to-business e-procurement service.

BT has dropped Commerce One in favour of Oracle in a bid to enhance its BT Transact business-to-business e-procurement service.

BT's managed e-commerce services are used by leading UK companies, including drinks giant Whitbread, and the teleco intends to ramp up the number of purchasers and suppliers linked to the e-market place.

BT e-commerce project manager Steve Russell said the company had set a goal to grow by 700% by 2004. This would boost the level of b2b procurement on BT Transact from £100m today to £1bn within the next two years.

To achieve this, he said, BT has built a platform-agnostic system able to support SAP, PeopleSoft as well as its existing Commerce One users. By partnering with Oracle, Russell said BT would be able to reach a wider community of Oracle users.

The service is due to go live in mid November. Russell said: "I expect to migrate users from Commerce One by 31 March 2003."

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