Pittsburgh-based PNC Financial Services Group has selected Ariba's B2B Commerce Platform to help link multiple Web-based services for corporate clients.
Under the agreement, PNC will use Ariba Buyer, Ariba Marketplace Network Edition and Ariba Dynamic Trade applications in a multi-phased implementation designed to streamline purchasing processes and improve trading partner relationships.
Ariba Buyer, targeted for pilot deployment by the end of the first quarter 2001, will be used by PNC to electronically aggregate purchasing from employee desktops and direct purchase orders to preferred suppliers and B2B marketplaces.
Tim Shack, chief information officer, PNC, comments: "With the Ariba B2B Commerce Platform, we not only have a tremendous opportunity to save time and money within our own purchasing process, but we also have an opportunity to extend these benefits to our corporate clients."
The bank is also to build a private, online marketplace powered by Ariba Marketplace and Ariba Dynamic Trade - an initiative it is hoped will enable PNC clients to locate each other, exchange information and transact electronically in a streamlined secure environment.
PNC clients will also have the opportunity to use the electronic bill presentment and payment service provided by BillingZone.com, a joint venture of PNC and Perot Systems Corporation. Discussions are currently taking place about integrating BillingZone.com's service with the Ariba Commerce Services Network (Ariba CSN).