IBM/i2 e-Business Relationship

IBM and i2 Technologies have formed a relationship that lets clients optimize their e-business processes on the Internet by offering leading-edge supply chain applications, consulting, technology, advanced research capabilities and extensive implementation and integration skills on a global basis.

IBM and i2, sharing a common e-business and supply chain vision, will collaborate on strategy, marketing, sales and development. Under the agreement, the companies will jointly market and sell e-business and supply chain solutions, including i2’s Rhythm suite, through their global direct sales forces. i2 will leverage IBM’s global resources and research facilities. IBM will establish global Supply Chain Centers of Excellence, featuring combined IBM and i2 solutions.

Through the relationship, i2 will incorporate the standards and technologies of IBM’s Application Framework for e-business, an open, multi-platform approach to building and deploying integrated e-business applications. From this base, IBM and i2 will support the development of industry standards for open data modeling, which will help facilitate the multi-company collaboration necessary to improve supply chains.

In a related story, HP and i2 also introduced an intelligent eBusiness portal solution for electronics distributors that facilitates the timely sharing of information within an entire trading community, allowing enterprises to make more accurate and profitable decisions.

HP and i2’s trading-community solution provides a framework and enabling tools for real-time collaboration and a seamless exchange of information between distributors and their customers, manufacturers and logistics providers. For more information, visit www.ibm.com/e-business/supplychain, www.i2.com, or HP at www.hp.com.