Ford
Motor Company has reached an agreement with Covisint to develop and host the
next generation of the Ford Supplier Network (FSN). The FSN, launched in 1998,
supports more than 4,200 suppliers, and has approximately 42,000 end users globally.

The agreement will allow Ford and its suppliers to use Covisint’s global infrastructure.
Some of the key features will include access to Ford specific, and Covisint
industry-wide applications from a unified, customizable portal page; a secure
environment that will provide suppliers more effective access to internal Ford
applications; the first generation of a consolidated supplier directory that
will allow Covisint to enable suppliers to update their profile once, and automatically
be shared with all OEMs; multi-language capability to improve global collaboration
between Ford and its suppliers; and the ability for Ford to consolidate and
offer a single global supplier portal across all brands and regions.

The next generation of FSN is scheduled to be operational by February 2002.

















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