Telecom and AAPT's e-procurement licensing agreements with the US software vendor Ariba fill in key elements of Telecom's vision for itself as a trans-Tasman e-commerce company.
Telecom owns 80% of the Australian carrier AAPT and its announcement matches similar deals announced this year by Telstra and Cable & Wireless Optus. Telstra chose to combine procurement application technology from Intelisys with Telstra's own Open Commerce Platform and CWO has partnered with Commerce One - which at one stage this year was confidently expecting to sign a deal with Telecom.
Telecom's Chief Strategy and Information Officer, Karyn Devonshire says Telecom and AAPT have begun work on the structures for business-to-business e-commerce solutions. They will use the Ariba Network service and Ariba ORMX application to manage their own purchasing and trading through the newly-established marketplace as well.
In New Zealand, Telecom will continue to work with its "alliance partners", EDS New Zealand and Microsoft, to develop an electronic marketplace .
Telecom Xtra and AAPT’s Connect.com, Australia’s third largest ISP will provide the access infrastructure. Connect.com CEO David Glavonjic says Telecom and AAPT intend to bring a collaborative approach to product development, market deployment and also gain benefits by sharing as much common infrastructure as possible, allowing both AAPT and Telecom to provide a trans-Tasman solution to their respective customers.
Devonshire says the. Telecom and AAPT are now set to be the regional leader in the convergence between telecommunications and IT, using the Internet to build new markets for New Zealand and Australian businesses.
'This is just one of a number of initiatives that both Telecom and AAPT are working on that will capture and enhance synergies from our close relationship.
"Telecom and AAPT are now strongly positioned to offer a seamless service in New Zealand and Australia with the full commitment of arguably the world’s leading developers of IT Internet and e-commerce solutions.
“Both Telecom and AAPT believe very strongly in the benefits of business-to-business eCommerce and Ariba is a clear winner in this space.
“Keith Krach, chairman and CEO at Ariba says the new alliance "will accelerate the creation of corporate exchanges and global market efficiencies throughout Australia and New Zealand, while adding significant new global reach for Ariba Network services.”