SAQQARA Provides the Fastest Supplier Enablement in the Industry by Creating, Hosting, and Managing Private Customized Web-based Catalog Solutions
SAN JOSE, CA., April 29, 2002 -- SAQQARA® Systems, Inc., a provider of product content and catalog management software with more than 80 customers worldwide, today unveiled the SAQQARA Catalog Management Service™ (CMS) for e-Procurement, a comprehensive solution that will rapidly increase the amount of useable catalog content for e-procurement implementations, while lowering the cost of acquiring, transforming and managing that content to achieve maximum e-procurement ROI. By offering CMS, SAQQARA creates, hosts, and manages a private customized Web-based catalog solution for each customer that offers the fastest supplier enablement in the industry, complete control over what end users see, and powerful intuitive interfaces that help users find the products they need to buy.
According to AMR, content management and supplier enablement remain the biggest technical challenges to e-Procurement. "As frustrations run high with the lack of supplier participation in many corporate e-procurement projects, product content management has come to the fore as a crucial function of e-commerce," said AMR Senior Analyst Louis Columbus. "Successful product content management requires services and software. Suppliers and buyers are waiting for an appealing value proposition."
"For many organizations, the full benefit of on-line procurement is far from realized due to inaccessible or poorly-organized catalog data," said Bradley Albright, CEO, SAQQARA Systems. "With this in mind, SAQQARA Catalog Management Service for e-Procurement is the result of extensive market research and more than 60 man-years investment in developing the technology to address the market`s needs. Buyers want speed, control and usability over the content. Meanwhile, suppliers want to preserve their specific product branding and avoid the effort and expense of tailoring catalog content to satisfy the unique needs of each of their customers. CMS enables the supplier universe quickly while giving the buyer full control over what end users see in an environment that maximizes user adoption."
SAQQARA Catalog Management Service for e-Procurement leverages the unique power of SAQQARA`s CommerceSuite and ContentWorks technologies to generate highly customized catalog management applications that automate the entire product content management process. As a result, CMS is a cost-effective and scaleable managed service solution that infuses SAQQARA`s business process expertise for gathering and managing supplier data customized to a buyer`s requirements. CMS can reduce the source-to-publish timeline from months to weeks or even days, and the update process from days to minutes, delivering on otherwise unattainable e-procurement ROI quickly.
Some of the key technology features in CMS include:
Speed: Rapid supplier engagement to accelerate ROI attainment
Fast catalog acquisition and cleansing from multiple supplier sources and formats
Rules-based processing engine and auto-execution, which speeds transformation and classification of data
Exception-only workflow that allows for supplier and buyer collaboration
Structured, multi-pass, automated data transformation to facilitate ongoing maintenance
Control: Customize content to enforce strategic supplier engagement
Filtering rules that eliminate unwanted content at the commodity, family, SKU, or attribute level
Workflow that enables review and approval of content before production
Profiling capabilities for targeting specific content to different buyer groups
Multi-schema support for importing and managing taxonomies in standard (e.g. UN/SPSC, eCl@ss, NATO) or custom formats
Usability: Drive user adoption, increase volume of spend Aggregated, segmented catalog able to integrate multi-vendor product catalogs into a unified catalog for product search and comparison across suppliers
Dynamic publishing provides intuitive user interface, parametric, text and category search capabilities with multi-language content
Capability to model product relationships by informing the user of possible upgrades, repair parts, maintenance lists, etc.
About SAQQARA Systems, Inc.
SAQQARA is a provider of comprehensive product content and catalog management software that enable suppliers, manufacturers, distributors, and buyers to create, manage, and leverage product content as a strategic asset. With more than 80 customers worldwide, SAQQARA solutions have been selected by global and diverse companies including Eastman Chemical, Memec, Molex, 3M, Honeywell, GE, and Philips Semiconductors to play a strategic role in their e-business initiatives. SAQQARA is a privately held corporation with headquarters in San Jose, California and European operations based in Paris, France. For further information about the company and its products, visit http://www.saqqara.com or call 408-325-8200 or toll free 877-964-0100.