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February 20, 2008

NetSuite Partner B2B Gateway Releases Client Portal

By David Sims, TMCnet Contributing Editor

B2BGateway, a product of Shannon Systems, and an integration product partner of NetSuite (News - Alert) Inc. since 2001, today announced the release of the B2BGateway client portal.

With the B2BGateway client portal, NetSuite users can use the client portal to initiate new trading partner relationships, review data transmitted, schedule transaction imports/exports and to cross reference data, B2B Gateway (News - Alert) officials say.

B2BGateway has provided NetSuite users with EDI connectivity in North America to Wal-Mart, Home Depot, General Motors and over 700 other organizations. In the European Union, NetSuite users use B2BGateway to connect to ASDA, Argos, Tesco, Carrefour, and many others.

Any NetSuite user who intends to sell products to these large organizations is required to use EDI.

Before 1999, when B2BGateway started providing fully managed EDI products, the industry process of receiving electronic purchase orders and sending electronic invoices could be difficult, costly and prone to errors. B2BGateway's idea was to connect to trading partners through a central hub. Consequently, all of the data translation required in EDI takes place in a central location.

Earlier this month EBS-RAD has announced that it had extended NetSuite's One System Architecture with new capabilities for the maritime industry market. The company develops products such as Harbour Mastery, which provides services to the Tampa Port Authority. It has received greater interest from potential customers since becoming a partner of NetSuite's SuiteFlex Developer Program.

NetSuite's SuiteFlex development platform allows third-party applications to integrate transaction data -- orders, invoices, Web site transactions, shipping records, time tracking, and payroll data -- with their applications.

At the opening session of the annual NetSuite Partner Conference in San Francisco last October, NetSuite CEO Zach Nelson (News - Alert) presented i- Seaports Management as an example of a vertical for the maritime seaports and port authorities management with a virtually integrated command and control center for traffic management, security monitoring and communications coordination.


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