BOSTON, July 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Much has been written about the boom and bust of the e-marketplace phenomenon. Over the past 18 months, the many-to- many electronic marketplace (e-marketplace) concept has inspired hundreds of start-ups to insert themselves as value chain intermediaries. Global economic powerhouses, grounded in the world of bricks, mortar, oil, gas, cars, planes, and trains, have also joined the e-marketplace gold rush. ( Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20000609/YANKEELOGO ) In a recent Report, the Yankee Group's BtoB Commerce & Applications (BCA) Planning Service identifies and analyzes six criteria that it believes can measure business-to-business e-marketplace viability within an industry. The Report presents both the criteria and methodology used to analyze industries as well as a list of segments ranked from most to least e- marketplace-friendly. Computer and electronic manufacturing, utilities, paper manufacturing, truck transportation, and transportation equipment manufacturing gained the highest e-marketplace viability rankings among industries analyzed. "Yankee Group analysts tried to approach this exercise as an unbiased discovery process. We identified viability criteria by assessing current technology capabilities and historic inter-enterprise process challenges. We then rated industries according to these criteria and tallied the results," explained Jon Derome, a senior analyst in the Yankee Group's BtoB Commerce & Applications Planning Service. According to Derome, supply chain inefficiency, fragmentation, and power- player participation were a few of the criteria used to assess e-marketplace viability. "Important conditions need to exist in order for an online exchange to thrive. The six e-marketplace viability criteria help identify those conditions," said Derome. "Although the ranked list we generated is interesting, it is a snapshot of a specific set of conditions. The real value of an e-marketplace viability study is identifying and explaining criteria that can be used to analyze online exchange potential." This Report, titled BtoB E-Marketplace Potential: Six Online Exchange Success Criteria, is available immediately from the Yankee Group's BtoB Commerce & Applications Planning Service. NOTE TO EDITORS: For more information about the Report or to speak with an analyst on the topic presented, please contact Media Relations at 617-880-0249. About the Yankee Group -- www.yankeegroup.com The Yankee Group is an internationally recognized leader in technology research and strategic consulting, whose broad-reaching analysis encompasses all areas essential to e-business success: the Internet, electronic commerce, communications, wireless/mobile, computing, and enterprise applications. The Yankee Group specializes in assisting companies with their e-business, enterprise networking, and Internet technology and electronic market initiatives while maintaining synergy with their overall business strategies. The Yankee Group continues to distinguish itself by providing personalized one-to-one analysis and planning assistance to its customers.
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