C1ME selects Compaq for ‘center of excellence’

Published September 27th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Company Press Release: 


Commerce One Middle East (C1ME), regional distributor for Commerce One Inc., world leader in global e-commerce solutions, has chosen computing solutions giant Compaq as its preferred technology partner for its newly-announced $2 million ‘Center of Excellence’ in Bahrain. 


Compaq Computer Middle East, Mediterranean and Africa (MEMA) will now provide the center, in the diplomatic district of Manama, with products, services and solutions. 


“This move underscores Compaq’s ability to lead the industry in Internet access, infrastructure, services and solutions by presenting the world of e-commerce to businesses of all sizes,” said Georges Cassir, managing director of Compaq MEMA.  


Commerce One ME’s ‘Center of Excellence’ is due to open at the beginning of November. It will provide training and support to region wide partners and clients as well as project management, customer services, pre-sales support and supplier adoption. 


“The center will provide third and fourth level support to e-procurement customers, including research and development, training and a call center,” said George Edwards, chief operating officer and new business development director, C1ME. 


The center will support regional buyers, suppliers and market makers across a wide spectrum of industries enabling them to adopt Commerce One technology and gain a leading edge in B2B technology and trading so they can buy from anyone, anytime, anywhere in the world. 


“Together with Compaq we’re making it easier for customers to adopt e-commerce. We’re reducing both customers’ in-house skill demands and investment requirements, which would otherwise be needed to take full advantage of global e-Procurement.”  


“These are two of the most pressing issues for small to medium-sized concerns which want to seize e-commerce opportunities but fear the initial level of expertise and expense involved,” said Denis Roe, chief financial officer, C1ME. 


Commerce One Middle East, the region’s council member for the Global Trading Web (GTW) – a worldwide network of B2B e-commerce portals, is involved in the setting up of regional market sites – online exchanges for trading on the Net – across the Middle East and North Africa. Though separate companies are being established to oversee the launches, Commerce One Middle East will hold equity in each. 


“We believe that the optimized performance of Commerce One Middle East’s e-commerce solutions on Compaq servers and the e-Business expertise of Compaq’s worldwide services team, are a winning combination for Market Site partners, Buy Site customers and the supplier community,” said Cassir.  


“Compaq Services will help customers accelerate their deployments of Commerce One-based e-Procurement solutions for quick payback and dramatic bottom-line results. Compaq Services professionals have been trained on Commerce One’s applications to help our customers around the globe reduce costs, slash buying cycle times, and reallocate their resources to higher value-added purchasing activities.” 


Compaq Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), has made significant investment in helping customers deploy e-Procurement solutions and has established a regional e-Procurement Competency Center in Munich, Germany. The center helps customers accelerate their deployment of B2B e-Commerce solutions and focuses on: pilot and prototyping facilities; business process consultancy and engineering; architecture and base technologies; ERP integration; catalogue management and integration as well as training and rollout. 


Commerce One Middle East is Commerce One’s sole distributor and regional MarketSiteװ portal operator in the Middle East. Based out of Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Commerce One Middle East covers Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and Yemen.  


Commerce One (NASDAQ: CMRC) is the leader in global e-commerce solutions for business. Through its products, portals, and services, Commerce One creates access to worldwide markets, allowing anyone to buy from anyone, anytime, anywhere. The Commerce One Global Trading Webװ is the world’s largest business-to-business trading community.  


Comprised of many open e-marketplaces, the Global Trading Web provides unprecedented economies of scale for buying organizations, suppliers, and service providers worldwide. Through its ‘Dream Team’ alliance with SAPMarkets, Commerce One enables enterprises and communities of all sizes and industries to efficiently conduct collaborative business on the Internet. Commerce One is located in Pleasanton, California. 


Founded in 1982, Compaq Computer Corporation, a Fortune 100 company, is a global information technology company, the world’s second largest computer company and the largest global supplier of personal computers. 


With worldwide sales of $37.6 billion in 1998, Compaq develops and markets hardware, software, solutions and services, including industry-leading enterprise computing solutions, fault-tolerant business-critical solutions, networking products, commercial desktop and portable products and consumer PCs. 


The company is an industry leader in environmentally friendly programs and business practices. Compaq products are sold and supported in more than 100 countries through a network of authorized Compaq marketing partners.  

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