April Business Bits

Published April 16, 2002 Volume 10, Number 4

  • Ford Motor Company has licensed PeopleSoft Enterprise Service Automation (ESA) software. Ford will deploy PeopleSoft ESA at its Dearborn, Michigan-based worldwide information technology (IT) division to manage its resource acquisition, placement, and release process. In addition, Ford will use PeopleSoft ESA to manage the skills inventory of all IT resources to meet its business and strategic IT demands.
  • Commerce One announced that Dienekis Construction, SupplyNet, Trimera Media Utama, Gujarat State Fuel Management Company, China Ministry of Railway and Medicforma have selected Commerce One 5.0 to accelerate source-to-pay processes across their enterprises.

    "These companies understand the value of easing friction between trading partners to reduce total supply chain costs," said Mark Hoffman, chairman and chief executive officer of Commerce One. "These new customer wins demonstrate that companies are seeking new ways to reduce costs and improve efficiency using solutions that easily integrate with their existing infrastructure."

  • Tanner Insurance Brokers was recognized as the ninth largest insurance broker in the Bay Area by the San Francisco Business Times. The ranking is based on their 2001 premiums of $238 million. The firm was ranked 14th last year.
  • Enterprise Rent-A-Car has selected ProBusiness as their outsourced payroll and payroll tax provider for its 45,000 U.S. employees. Enterprise has seen measurable improvements in its payroll quantified in terms of improved accuracy for taxes, flexibility, speed of processing and probable reduced headcount requirements.
  • Standard Pacific has reached a definitive agreement to acquire Westbrooke Homes of Miami, Fla. for approximately $41 million in cash plus the repayment of approximately $54 million of debt.
  • The 14th Annual Pleasanton Partnerships In Education (PPIE) Foundation Excellence in Education Awards, sponsored by Robert Half International, recognized the achievements of 10 local teachers and four other individuals, out of over 100 nominations submitted by parents, students, faculty, and other community members. The awards were given on the basis of personal merit and outstanding contributions to Pleasanton public education.

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