Issue: Aug 2006


Shanghai General Motors Taps Compuware Covisint to Connect to Hundreds of Suppliers Worldwide



Covisint's Global Technology Platform to Provide Competitive Advantage for Shanghai GM's Supply Chain

by John Larkin

Compuware Corporation recently announced a three-year contract between Shanghai GM and Compuware Covisint. Covisint will provide messaging and integration services for Shanghai GM and hundreds of its suppliers based in Asia, North America, Europe and Latin America.

"Shanghai GM, which was recently ranked No. 1 by the Chinese government for business applications, has suppliers worldwide using multiple technologies, and we all need to securely communicate and transact business with each other," said X.Q. Zhang, CIO of Shanghai GM. "Covisint provided our entire supplier community with the visibility, integration and control it needed -- overnight."

Compuware Covisint is a strategic IT partner for General Motors and Shanghai GM. Covisint's platform provides a unique combination of standards- based, any-to-any messaging, secure portal, application sharing and industry- specific software services to connect and integrate automotive trading partners. Initially, Covisint will establish connectivity and supply chain visibility across Shanghai GM and its supplier communities that support power- train and vehicle assembly operations. Covisint's platform also will provide local technical support and training to Shanghai GM.

"The automotive industry faces globalization challenges, such as combining new markets with mature markets. For forward-thinking companies like Shanghai GM, this creates tremendous opportunity," said Bob Paul, President and COO of Compuware Covisint. "Covisint's global platform enables Shanghai GM to go beyond 'bits and bytes efficiencies' and turns supply chain collaboration into a competitive advantage."

Compuware Covisint is a leading provider of interoperability solutions for companies of any size or geographic location. Supporting more than 30,000 customers in 96 countries, Covisint's technology platform accelerates decision-making, improves customer responsiveness and reduces costs by helping companies securely share information, applications and services across their supply chain.

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