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OrderFusion and Ariba Join Supply Chain and Demand Chain Capabilities; Alliance Merges Business-to-Business Sell-Side and Buy-Side Using Commerce cXML.

SAN DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 20, 1999--

OrderFusion, a leading provider of business-to-business electronic commerce order management and fulfillment ful·fill also ful·fil  
tr.v. ful·filled, ful·fill·ing, ful·fills also ful·fils
1. To bring into actuality; effect: fulfilled their promises.

 tracking software and Ariba Inc. (Nasdaq:ARBA), the leader in business-to-business electronic commerce solutions for operating resources, announced today that the companies have entered into a strategic agreement bringing together the buy- and sell-side of business-to-business electronic commerce.

The combined solution will enable suppliers using OrderFusion Orders of Magnitude(TM) to receive customer orders from the Ariba(R) Network(TM) service via the Commerce Extensible Markup Language See XML.

(language, text) Extensible Markup Language - (XML) An initiative from the W3C defining an "extremely simple" dialect of SGML suitable for use on the World-Wide Web.
 (cXML) standard, an emerging Internet standard An Internet standard is a specification for an innovative internetworking technology or methodology, which the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) ratified as an open standard after the innovation underwent peer review.  for exchanging supplier product content and transaction information between buyers and suppliers. Suppliers using OrderFusion Orders of Magnitude that are also registered on the Ariba Network service will be able to process orders and automatically notify customers of status changes.

This combined solution will also enable end-users at buying organizations to use the Web to access order status or make changes regarding delivery date or location. The integrated solution will provide the opportunity for both customers and suppliers to dramatically reduce transaction costs Transaction Costs

Costs incurred when buying or selling securities. These include brokers' commissions and spreads (the difference between the price the dealer paid for a security and the price they can sell it).
 and achieve the fastest time to benefit.

"Using cXML to integrate our sell-side software with the Ariba e-commerce solution ensures a seamless transaction from purchase order to sales order The sales order, sometimes abbreviated as SO, is an order received by a business from a customer. A sales order may be for products and/or services. Given the wide variety of businesses, this means that the orders can be fulfilled in several ways. ," said Tom Hennings, chief executive officer of OrderFusion. "With the combined solution, the Web becomes the mechanism for customer interaction during the entire life of the transaction."

"This alliance allows suppliers using OrderFusion Orders of Magnitude to receive customer orders directly through the Ariba Network service," said Dave Rome, vice president of marketing at Ariba. "This will allow these suppliers to more efficiently do business with current clients, while extending their reach to new prospective clients as well."

About Ariba Inc.

Ariba is the leader in business-to-business e-commerce solutions for operating resources. The company's intranet- and Internet-based products and services connect requestors to approvers and buyers to suppliers to deliver an automated solution for improving the acquisition and management of operating resources, the goods and services In economics, economic output is divided into physical goods and intangible services. Consumption of goods and services is assumed to produce utility (unless the "good" is a "bad"). It is often used when referring to a Goods and Services Tax.  required to operate a company. The Ariba Network service, a global business-to-business electronic commerce network for operating resources, enables buyers and suppliers to efficiently conduct business on the Internet.

The Ariba ORMS ORMS Operating Resource Management System
ORMS Operations Research and Management Science
ORMS Operational Readiness Monitoring System
ORMS Orderly Room Management System
ORMS Oracle Retail Merchandise System
(TM) application enables organizations to automate the procurement The fancy word for "purchasing." The procurement department within an organization manages all the major purchases.  cycle within their intranets, lowering the costs of acquiring and managing operating resources. Together, the Ariba Network service and Ariba ORMS application provide a business-to-business electronic commerce solution for operating resources that benefits both buyers and suppliers. Ariba customers include Cisco Systems “Cisco” redirects here. For other uses, see Cisco (disambiguation).
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, FedEx, General Motors, Hewlett-Packard Company, MCI (1) (Media Control Interface) A high-level programming interface from Microsoft and IBM for controlling multimedia devices. It provides commands and functions to open, play and close the device.

(2) (Microwave Communications Inc.
 WorldCom, Merck & Co., Philips, and Visa. Ariba can be contacted at 408/543-3800 or at

About OrderFusion

OrderFusion is a rapidly growing provider of business-to-business e-commerce order management and fulfillment tracking software solutions that permit enterprises to create powerful web sales by leveraging existing systems and web sites in less than one hundred days. To enable the most proactive sales channel, Orders of Magnitude incorporates personalized per·son·al·ize  
tr.v. per·son·al·ized, per·son·al·iz·ing, per·son·al·iz·es
1. To take (a general remark or characterization) in a personal manner.

2. To attribute human or personal qualities to; personify.
 selling at the time of quotation, customer-specific pricing and personalized storefronts, multi-product merchandising configurations, objection handling and advanced order management. Orders of Magnitude executes customer-specific closing tactics, such as upselling and cross-selling in the call center or via the web, based on corporate sales and marketing strategies and customer buying history and preferences.

For more information, contact OrderFusion Inc. corporate headquarters, 10180 Telesis Court, Fourth Floor, San Diego San Diego (săn dēā`gō), city (1990 pop. 1,110,549), seat of San Diego co., S Calif., on San Diego Bay; inc. 1850. San Diego includes the unincorporated communities of La Jolla and Spring Valley. Coronado is across the bay. , Calif. 92121. Telephone, fax, e-mail and Web site respectively, are 858/450-4800, 858/450-4890, and

(c) 1999 OrderFusion. Orders of Magnitude is a trademark of OrderFusion Inc. Ariba is a registered trademark of Ariba Inc. Ariba Operating Resource Management System, Ariba ORMS, Ariba Network, and Walk-Up User Interface are trademarks of Ariba Inc. All other brand names and trademarks are properties of their respective holders.
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Date:Sep 20, 1999
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