Defence ecommerce and CM solutions to significantly reduce costs in the MoD's supply chain.
9 April 2001, 12 pm GMT
Requisite Technology is to provide catalogue content management software licensing and services for the Ministry of Defence's (MoD) new e-procurement system, DECS (Defence
Electronic Commerce Service) through a relationship with Cap Gemini Ernst &
Cap Gemini Ernst & Young, which was chosen as the MoD's preferred supplier for DECS last year, selected Requisite's platform for catalogue content creation and management.
Requisite Technology will unify four major supplier and service catalogues for
DECS into an electronic format using the Requisite Unifying Structure (RUS), an
emerging, global content organisation standard. RUS supports leading
international business-to-business (B2B) e-commerce categorisation standards
such as UNSPSC* and eCl@ss*, and interoperability standards such as BMEcat*,
cXML*, xCBL* and CIF.*
In addition to using the Requisite Unifying Structure and its content conversion
and creation services, DECS, which uses Oracle's i-Procurement IIi and SSP5,
will also deploy Requisite's BugsEye(tm) patented finding engine and eMerge(tm)
content management system for optimised finding and manageability of online
product information. BugsEye simplifies catalogue searches by allowing users to
describe items using natural language and to locate products with a few clicks
of a mouse. The eMerge content management and authoring system will enable the
MoD's trading partners to update and modify their catalogues easily, quickly and
"Our decision to work with Requisite in our bid for the Ministry of Defence
contract was based on the proven fact that the Requisite Unifying Structure and
eMerge software are the most workable offerings for the amount and complexity of
the content development that will be required," commented Richard Pink, Cap
Gemini Ernst & Young's DECS Programme Design Authority. "The Requisite Unifying
Structure combines subject matter, language and skilled technical expertise in
data structure development, extension and maintenance to ensure that e-catalogue
content is consistent, organised and ready for e-commerce."
The Ministry of Defence expects DECS will provide significant cost reduction on
the £2.5 billion spent with trading partners per year, as well as significant
savings on delivery time. The initiative is considered essential in assisting
the Defence Logistics Organisation (DLO) to achieve 20 percent savings over the
next five years. DECS supports the DLO's Lean Support Chain initiative to
significantly reduce costs in the MoD's supply chain and shorten delivery times.
"Successful e-procurement depends on the effective creation and management of
unified catalogues that pull commerce-quality content from multiple suppliers
and sources," said Louis Faust III, CEO at Requisite Technology. "We believe
Requisite's content expertise is a crucial element of the MoD's plan for
efficiency in supply chain management."
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