Requisite joins forces with Cap Gemini Ernst & Young to create and manage
online supplier and service catalogues
London, UK, April 9 2001 - Requisite Technology(r), Ltd. today announced that it is providing catalogue content management software licensing and services for the Ministry of Defence's (MoD) new e-procurement system, DECS (Defence Electronic Commerce Service) through a relationship with Cap Gemini Ernst & Young. Cap Gemini Ernst & Young, which was chosen as the MoD's preferred supplier for DECS last year, selected Requisite's platform for catalogue content creation and management.
Requisite Technology will unify four major supplier and service catalogues for DECS into an electronic format using the Requisite Unifying Structure (RUS), an emerging, global content organisation standard. RUS supports leading international business-to-business (B2B) e-commerce categorisation standards such as UNSPSC* and eCl@ss*, and interoperability standards such as BMEcat*, cXML*, xCBL* and CIF.*
In addition to using the Requisite Unifying Structure and its content conversion and creation services, DECS, which uses Oracle's i-Procurement IIi and SSP5, will also deploy Requisite's BugsEye(tm) patented finding engine and eMerge(tm) content management system for optimised finding and manageability of online product information. BugsEye simplifies catalogue searches by allowing users to describe items using natural language and to locate products with a few clicks of a mouse. The eMerge content management and authoring system will enable the MoD's trading partners to update and modify their catalogues easily, quickly and cost effectively.
"Our decision to work with Requisite in our bid for the Ministry of Defence contract was based on the proven fact that the Requisite Unifying Structure and eMerge software are the most workable offerings for the amount and complexity of the content development that will be required," commented Richard Pink, Cap Gemini Ernst & Young's DECS Programme Design Authority. "The Requisite Unifying Structure combines subject matter, language and skilled technical expertise in data structure development, extension and maintenance to ensure that e-catalogue content is consistent, organised and ready for e-commerce."
The Ministry of Defence expects DECS will provide significant cost reduction on the £2.5 billion spent with trading partners per year, as well as significant savings on delivery time. The initiative is considered essential in assisting the Defence Logistics Organisation (DLO) to achieve 20 percent savings over the next five years. DECS supports the DLO's Lean Support Chain initiative to significantly reduce costs in the MoD's supply chain and shorten delivery times.
"Successful e-procurement depends on the effective creation and management of unified catalogues that pull commerce-quality content from multiple suppliers and sources," said Louis Faust III, CEO at Requisite Technology. "We believe Requisite's content expertise is a crucial element of the MoD's plan for efficiency in supply chain management."
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About Requisite Technology, Ltd.
Requisite Technology enables e-commerce companies to organise product and service information for consistent Web-based finding and buying. Headquartered in Westminster, Colo., with operations in Toronto and London, Requisite's solutions are deployed on desktops in more than 15 countries. Find out more at www.requisite.com.
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About Cap Gemini Ernst &Young
Cap Gemini Ernst & Young is one of the largest management and IT consulting firms in the world. The company offers management and IT consulting services, systems integration, and technology development, design, and outsourcing capabilities on a global scale to help traditional businesses and "dot companies" continue to implement growth strategies and leverage technology in the new economy. The organisation employs more than 59,000 people worldwide and reports global revenues of about 8.5 billion euros (2000 pro forma).
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*BMEcat: Originating in Germany in 1999, BMEcat is a European standard based on XML designed to enable simplified, efficient and flexible data exchanges between e-procurement and product catalogue management systems.
*UNSPSC: (Universal Standard Product and Service Code). A global standard for classifying products and services for use in e-procurement systems and global e-marketplaces. ECCMA, the governing body that oversees the code is responsible for ensuring that the UNSPSC develops in a way that is universally consistent.
*eCl@ss: A standard for information exchange between suppliers and their customers. eCl@ss is characterised by a 4-level hierarchical classification system with a key-word register of 12,000 words. eCl@ss maps market structure for industrial buyers and supports engineers in development, planning and maintenance.
*cXML (Commerce XML): The vision behind cXML is to provide a simple, XML based protocol between entities wishing to engage in Business-to-Business eCommerce transactions over the Internet. cXML is a set of lightweight XML Document Type Definitions, based on the World Wide Web Consortium's XML standard, defining standard business documents such as: Order Definitions or Catalogue Definitions.
*xCBL: An open set of XML documents creates a way for suppliers, buyers, manufacturers, and e-marketplaces to exchange a wide range of product catalogue information.
*CIF (Catalogue Interchange Format): A lightweight, open, and standards-based specification for communicating catalogue information between selling and buying organisations. It is a public domain specification in use by many corporations of all sizes to exchange contract information regarding product and service offerings.
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