19 July 2001 | Robin Parker
An e-marketplace for the mining, minerals and metals industries is the first business-to-business exchange to use a new software solution from technology consulting firm Accenture.
The exchange, known as Quadrem, will use Accenture's e-Marketplace Integration Solution system to enable suppliers to use both single and multiple marketplace connections, as well as link to web store fronts and private exchanges.
The consultancy has also developed customised versions of the software for the utilities, forestry products and energy industries, and will expand the offering for other sectors in the near future.
Steve Wylie, an Accenture partner in resources, told SM: "Firms are realising the costs involved in undertaking e-procurement on multiple exchanges and that the potential benefits will be determined by the level of integration on both sides of the exchange."
Most companies using the package will need to reconfigure their software to their particular requirements to use the package, which could cost several thousand pounds.