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Netscape and GE Information Services' joint venture Actra has announced a cross platform family of Internet commerce applications for both the business-to-business and business-to-consumer markets. The Actra CrossCommerce suite consists of five products: ECXpert, OrderXpert Seller, OrderXpert Buyer, MerchantXpert and PublishingXpert.
Says Jim Sha, president and CEO of Actra: "Looking at the entire ecosystem for Internet commerce, Actra CrossCommerce focuses on wringing the cost out of external business processes and improving customer service. Companies are looking for a way to cash in on the Internet by improving top line revenue and bottom line returns in the commerce cycle, from both the supply and demand sides. Actra CrossCommerce and the Internet enables that to happen."
Actra CrossCommerce integrates with existing enterprise systems, while also protecting EDI investments and extending them to the Internet. Actra CrossCommerce is fully object-oriented using Common Object Request Broker Architecture (CORBA), and is based on open, interoperable Internet standards including Internet Inter-ORB protocol (IIOP), S/MIME, SSL, EDIINT, and Java as well as leveraging Netscape's CrossWare technology.
Features of Actra CrossCommerce include procurement, order management, EDI, customer identity management, publishing and merchandising. Says Mike Kennedy, VP of the Advanced Information Management division at Meta Group: "Actra CrossCommerce is addressing a space in the market that is potentially huge, and growing - the Internet commerce applications space. The solid, well thought out, extensible architecture that leverages open standards - such as CORBA and IIOP - on which Actra CrossCommerce is built, makes Actra an interesting proposition for any Fortune 1000 company looking to extend its Internet commerce activities."
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