4/23/2004 - Covisint, a subsidiary of Compuware Corporation (NASDAQ: CPWR), announced an agreement with General Motors to use Covisint Connect data messaging service. This is a strategic move for GM that will support traditional EDI as well as future ebXML-based communications through an advanced technology platform. More than 6,000 GM supplier manufacturing locations will migrate to Covisint Connect.
"We exchange millions of production-critical EDI messages each month between our suppliers and our facilities," said Ralph Szygenda, Group Vice President and Chief Information Officer, General Motors. "Covisint Connect will give us a more reliable, cost-effective messaging solution that will further improve our processes and drive real-time integration with our suppliers."
GM will continue to provide suppliers no-cost access to exchange data with the company as they do today. Through Covisint Connect, suppliers will realize significantly reduced complexity and cost of trading partner maintenance. The service reduces the complexity of managing multiple formats that have been dictated by customers and the multitude of protocols and connection points that are required to conduct business. Covisint will provide GM with a complete service including set-up of their trading partner community and security management.
"Through this agreement, Covisint is going to bring tremendous value to GM and the entire supplier community," said Bob Paul, President and CEO of Covisint, a subsidiary of Compuware Corporation. "Covisint demonstrated to GM that our Automotive Industry Operating System could deliver a competitive service using a new technology that will help them to improve their supplier communications."
General Motors is a member of the Covisint technology development consortium that helped to fund and build Covisint Connect data messaging solution to improve communications between companies in the automotive industry. The other members of the consortium include DaimlerChrysler, Delphi, Ford Motor Company, Johnson Controls and Lear. Covisint Connect has been specifically designed to enable smaller companies, even those not currently using EDI, to connect to their customers and suppliers. The consortium members worked with AIAG to produce XML based standard documents as a replacement for traditional EDI documents where the members were ready to migrate.
"This agreement is further evidence of the benefit the industry is receiving from the investment the automotive industry has made in Covisint," said Peter Karmanos, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Compuware Corporation. "It represents a great opportunity to continue to bring the industry together. Compuware is looking forward to continuing to deliver value to General Motors, as well as the rest of the automotive industry, as they implement this technology."
Covisint is the independent e-business service provider for the global automotive industry. The Covisint Automotive Industry Operating System connects and enables manufacturers and suppliers to reduce costs, increase efficiency, enhance quality and improve time to market.
Compuware Corporation (NASDAQ: CPWR) is a world leader in delivering software and services that enable businesses to manage their enterprises and maximize the value of their IT assets. Compuware solutions accelerate the development, improve the quality and enhance the performance of business-driving applications. Founded in 1973, Compuware serves the world's leading IT organizations, including more than 90 percent of the Fortune 100 companies. Learn more about Compuware at http://www.compuware.com. For more information about Covisint, visit www.covisint.com
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