Calico Commerce, Inc., a provider of interactive selling software for manufacturers, has entered into a strategic alliance with Japanese IT services leader Toshiba Information Systems Corp. The partnership will allow manufacturers to efficiently deploy build-to-order (BTO) and engineer-to-order (ETO) systems, allowing for quick fulfillment to customers.
"Building or engineering a complex product to order can be challenging for manufacturers but is essential to achieving and maintaining customer satisfaction in today's economy," said Alan Naumann, president and CEO of Calico Commerce. "Our relationship with Toshiba Information Systems helps us ease this burden for manufacturers and ensures that our interactive selling software is tightly integrated with other mission-critical IT systems in order to deliver time and cost-efficient eBusiness initiatives."
Calico's role in the alliance will be to provide the Web-based front-end technologies with Toshiba supplying the integrated back-end systems. The joint effort will result in integrated enterprise resource planning (ERP), supply chain management (SCM) and customer relationship management (CRM) systems that will help manufacturers better maximize their e-business initiatives.
"Enterprise satisfaction with IT deployments depends not only on the value of specific technical functionality, but also on the opportunity and ability to integrate with other systems and solutions," said Yoshinobu Nakano, senior vice president of Toshiba Information Systems. "Calico's extensive product functionality, combined with our implementation experience and knowledge will enable us to develop, deploy and sell integrated e-business solutions that offer our joint customers unique value."
Established in 1962, Toshiba Information Systems Corp. operates a solution deployment business that focuses on information technology.
Headquartered in San Jose, Calif., Calico supplies interactive selling software for manufacturers, such as Telia, Nortel, GE Capital, Best Buy, Staples, Flextronics, Honeywell and Sunrise Medical.