Marketplace closes

SAP and Telstra's much-vaunted electronic marketplace, Marketplace, has been closed down by SAP Australia. Telstra is now suing SAP.

SAP and Telstra’s much-vaunted electronic marketplace, Marketplace, has been closed down by SAP Australia.

SAP and the Australian telco made a big splash when they announced last February that they would spend $20 million building the business portal, which was to cater to New Zealand, Australia and Asia.

The e-marketplace, which failed to attract any New Zealand customers or suppliers, focused on large Australian customers.

According to the Australian Financial Review, SAP Australia closed the Marketplace because an alliance it formed with e-commerce software vendor Commerce One made it unnecessary for SAP to operate its own e-market.

SAP announced the alliance not long after launching the SAP/Telstra portal.

The two companies have a joint development team in the US working on marketplace technology that will be launched under the name SAP Markets.

Now Telstra is suing the ERP vendor saying it failed to disclose information about the relationship.

SAP Australia marketing manager Jennifer Roach said she could not comment on the closure because of legal implications.

At last July’s SAP user conference in Brisbane about 11 major Australian companies announced they were entering the market. Suppliers included Qantas Airways, National Australia Bank and American Express.

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