Sun-Netscape to take wraps off e-commerce suite

The Sun-Netscape Alliance will introduce this week the iPlanet Commerce Integration Suite - an electronic-commerce suite designed to tie together a company's applications and processes.

The Sun-Netscape Alliance will introduce this week an electronic-commerce suite designed to tie together a company's applications and processes.

The iPlanet Commerce Integration Suite, which is made up of e-commerce application and server software, enables companies to build online trading communities, said Frederic Bonnard, group product marketing manager at the alliance. In addition, the joint business entity will announce ECXpert 3.0, which focuses on bringing together partners and enabling transactions over the Internet.

In addition, the joint business entity will announce its Netscape Application Server Process Automation Edition, which automates cross-company business processes, and ECXpert 3.0, Bonnard added.

ECXpert 3.0 is available now, priced at $US75,000 per two CPUs. The iPlanet Commerce Integration Suite and the Netscape Application Server Process Automation Edition will be available in November, and are priced at $115,000 per CPU, and $125,000 per CPU, respectively.

David Alschuler, an analyst at the Aberdeen Group, in Boston, says the offerings are unique components for businesses' long-term e-commerce strategies.

Sun Microsystems Inc., in Palo Alto, California, is at http://www.sun.com/. Netscape Communications Corp., a division of America Online Inc., in Mountain View, California, is at http://www.netscape.com/.

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