31 January 2002 | Robin Parker
SAP and Commerce One have said that plans to market their e-procurement software separately do not signal the end of their strategic relationship.
The groups called off a licensing agreement for the joint Enterprise Buyer brand earlier this month, citing a conflict of sales interests.
SAP still has a 20 per cent stake in Commerce One, and will continue the joint sale of their combined marketplace solution, MarketSet.
But the launch of separate products this month, beginning with SAP's Supplier Relationship Management, could signify that the alliance might soon be over.
A Commerce One spokeswoman insisted the two groups had mutual future interests.
"The strategic alliance is going to focus heavily on business-to-business integration technology, and more specifically, their interoperability among their business partners."
However, Steve Muddiman, vice-president of marketing at rival Ariba, said the relationship was unlikely to last.
"There's limited to no growth for marketplace products and the ability to sell these together doesn't sound very exciting," he told SM.