Ironside Supports Ariba's cXML E-Commerce Initiatives

Ironside Technologies Inc. today announces its support of Ariba Technologies Inc.'s Commerce XML (cXML), an open standard for e-commerce designed to reduce online business costs by providing a lightweight protocol for exchange of supplier content and transaction information via an XML-based open architecture.

The announcement between the two companies is expected to build upon Ironside's (Pleasanton, Calif.) recent membership into Ariba's (San Jose, Calif.) Supplier Link partner program. The two companies are working together to define e-commerce standards, according to published reports.

"As the industry-leading sell-side vendor for the mid-tier manufacturing and distribution markets, Ironside believes that it is important to develop and support real-world standards to allow our customers unrestrained access to new markets and customers," says Bill Lipsin, president and CEO of Ironside. "Our support of cXML is an extension of our Ironside Open Architecture strategy. The critical mass behind cXML is a validation of our own strategy."

The Ironside Open Architecture strategy was created to promote adherence to industry standards, an open development environment, use of common programming language, compatibility with current and future business systems and easy access for customization.

Ariba has incorporated CXML into its suite of products, establishing a scalable, global e-commerce infrastructure designed to enable buying organizations and suppliers to more easily exchange information over the Internet.

"cXML is the first lightweight e-commerce protocol supported by a broad base of companies and built from real buyer and supplier experience," says Keith Krach, president and CEO of Ariba. "By supporting cXML, Ariba will continue to enable businesses of all sizes to take advantage of the vast amount of supplier content available on the Web, and establish true open business-to-business trading communities."

--L. Greenemeier