Tools Expand E-Business Collaboration

By Grant Du Bois  |  Posted 2001-03-26

Adexa Inc. and Webridge Inc. have introduced tools to help companies improve collaboration with their suppliers and internally among employees.

Adexa, which offers primarily supply chain solutions for companies involved in e-business, upgraded its iCollaboration Suite with expanded buy-side, enterprise and sell-side applications for order management and procurement. Version 5.0 of the Internet-based platform enables suppliers to synchronize planning and execution cycles and creates an extended supply chain, said officials at the Los Angeles-based company.

It features three modules that extend iCollaboration on the sales, sourcing and enterprise levels.

On the sales side, Collaborative Order Manager allows for order entry, real-time availability-to-promise and real-time feedback on when an order can be delivered. On the buy side, Collaborative Procurement Manager takes the output from a supply chain plan and puts it into a Web-based environment that allows suppliers to gain access to their purchase orders via the Internet.

For the enterprise, Collaborative Supply Chain Manager enables employees from different departments to update and profile supply chain information.

Separately, Webridge, a provider of sell-side, business-to-business applications, earlier this month announced Webridge PX 4.0, which enables medium-size companies and divisions of large businesses to combine the marketing, sales and collaborative activities of employees, customers and business partners on the Web. The application suite integrates customer relationship management, collaboration and B2B e-commerce and handles everyday Web site administration, said officials in Portland, Ore.

Webridge PX 4.0, available now, enables non-IT managers to delegate authority to partners, customers and users in a secure environment. Also new is the capability for enterprises, partners and customers to conduct online transactions with automated end-user order management using custom catalogs, pricing options and shopping carts.

Other enhancements include content management capabilities with publishing tools to segment information by market; collaboration tools to access and edit documents, brochures, price lists, proposals and contracts; and shared online calendars, surveys and discussions.

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