Dot.Ramp to connect to digital B2B markets

THE AUTOMOTIVE, aerospace and industrial sectors are three major markets targeted by Dot.Ramp, a new product which aims to help businesses connect to digital business-to-business marketplaces.

Dot.Ramp is a joint venture between Microsoft and KPMG Consulting. It uses technology based on the Microsoft.Net platform and KPMG’s implementation methodology.

Robin Hill, KPMG Consulting senior vice-president, said: `Dot.Ramp is designed to give enterprises the ability to better compete by rapidly integrating their internal IT systems – such as e-purchasing, billing, inventory and sales – with the digital marketplaces.’

Hill added: `This will give organisations the ability to electronically sell their products and services directly through the trading exchanges on a 24-hour basis, potentially reducing costs and enhancing revenue.’

The partners are also targeting Dot.Ramp at the chemical and energy sectors. It is aimed at organisations of all sizes, to be compatible with most enterprise software packages, including SAP, JD Edwards, Ariba and Commerce One. Microsoft and KPMG claim it will reduce costs and implementation time.

The software has already been adopted by Honeywell, which operates e-business portals including MyPlant, MyAircraft and MyFacilities.

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