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J.D. Edwards, Tradex ink B2B e-commerce deal

The software makers ink a deal that allows J.D. Edwards to resell Tradex's business-to-business e-commerce software.

J.D. Edwards today said it has inked a deal with Tradex to resell its business-to-business e-commerce software.

Tradex, which is involved in a pending acquisition deal with Ariba, makes software that matches large numbers of buyers and sellers online. Business management software maker J.D. Edwards has an existing partnership with Ariba.

Under the deal with Tradex, J.D. Edwards said it is licensed to resell the Tradex Commerce Center framework in the United States.

The agreement also grants J.D. Edwards with licensing rights to use the Tradex digital marketplace software in developing its own online trading communities, targeting areas such as manufacturing, high technology and non-production goods and services, the company said in a statement.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

J.D. Edwards, which makes enterprise resource planning (ERP) software, applications that manage a company's financials, manufacturing and human resources needs, is the latest in a string of ERP vendors that have recently stepped up efforts in the business-to-business (B2B) e-commerce market. ERP rivals Oracle, SAP and Baan have also entered the space by either partnering with smaller niche software developers or developing their own procurement and B2B software.

In other news today, J.D. Edwards said it has formed its own application services provider (ASP) unit to provide hosting services to its customers. The company said it has partnered with MCI WorldCom for access to its UUNET network and data center facilities. Through the new unit, J.D. Edwards will handle the maintenance, management and implementation of its applications for customers.

For the past three years, J.D. Edwards has offered hosting services to its customers via its partners, including Deloitte & Touche, EDS Taiwan and IBM Global Services. With the new ASP unit, customers will now have the option to hire J.D. Edwards directly to rent and manage these applications.

J.D. Edwards said it has 40 customers renting its applications and plans to announce further partnerships with smaller ASPs soon.