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B2B services company Collaborex set to launch

Founded by executives from big-name, old-line services companies such as PricewaterhouseCoopers and Baan, a new business-to-business services provider plans to open its doors next week.

    Founded by executives from big-name, old-line services companies such as PricewaterhouseCoopers and Baan, a new business-to-business services provider called Collaborex plans to open its doors next week.

    The new company, backed by $5 million in investments, said it wants to couple traditional business and technology consulting services with hosted business-to-business software and technology support for companies wanting to jump into e-commerce.

    Analysts say a service package such as this goes beyond what is offered now by traditional services providers, such as Arthur Andersen, KPMG and PricewaterhouseCoopers.

    "Its offering meets an emerging need in (the) supply-chain services market for strategic business advice, technology deployment and management on behalf of clients," said Nelly Zaharinov, an analyst at International Data Corp. "The completeness of its service offering makes Collaborex a company to watch."

    Traditional service providers have long offered strategic business consulting and technology deployment. But some analysts say that the established service providers lack the expertise and technology support for companies wanting to move forward with business-to-business e-commerce ventures.

    Collaborex's executives have expertise in enterprise resource planning software, track records in start-ups, and come from such companies as Andersen Consulting, Arthur Andersen, Axent Technologies, Deloitte Consulting, Oracle, and Booz, Allen & Hamilton.

    "We wanted to design a new service provider that would solve common business problems and?deliver services over a hosted model," said Andrew Nash, chief executive of Fairfax, Va.-based Collaborex.

    Nash was previously the executive vice president of services at business software company Baan. He founded the new company in February.

    Though a pricing model is still being worked out, Collaborex said it will sell hosted business-to-business technologies, integration and consulting services.

    "Collaborex has a pragmatic, clear vision and a strong management team with proven B2B integration and business process expertise," Zaharinov said.