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e-Marketplace Alliance of IBM, i2 and Ariba Advance Software Interoperability.

Team of 300 Developers Speeds Linkage Between Applications and Infrastructure

To Build Industry's Most Complete e-Marketplace Solution

MIAMI, Sept. 19 /PRNewswire/ --

The e-marketplace Alliance of IBM (NYSE: IBM), i2 Technologies (Nasdaq: ITWO) and Ariba (Nasdaq: ARBA) today announced multiple advances in delivering the industry's most complete and fully interoperable set of software used by buyers and suppliers to engage in e-commerce and collaborate over the Internet.

The report punctuated a presentation made this morning by executives from all three companies at the Ariba LIVEMiami conference for business-to-business e-commerce. In that presentation, the Alliance mapped progress against its unified blueprint for building e-marketplaces. This blueprint provides an outline for how the Alliance partners' software works together and a timeline for delivering additional interoperability between IBM, i2 and Ariba applications from now through June 2001.

Today's announcement marked the end of phase one of the Alliance roadmap. This initial phase took approximately two-and-one-half months and the collective effort of 300 software developers worldwide. Although a challenge technically, the goal of interoperability is very simple: make it easier for buyers and suppliers to connect with and transact in e-marketplaces.

"The Alliance is proving that it is more efficient to develop e-marketplaces in a component-based fashion," said Jim Mackay, chief technology officer, i2. "The hyper-competitiveness of today's market demands full functionality very quickly. With IBM's global implementation and integration of products and services, Ariba and i2 have been able to effectively combine their application technologies to accommodate the increasingly complex and unique requirements of each e-marketplace participant. Companies simply cannot wait for solutions that are being developed or rebuilt all over again for this new world."

The primary focus of the Alliance's initial interoperability work was bringing together baseline components of the Ariba B2B Commerce Platform and i2 TradeMatrix solution with IBM's hardware platforms and middleware, including WebSphere Business-to-Business Integrator, DB2 Universal Database and Tivoli e-marketplace Manager. Additionally, the Alliance's interoperability work has incorporated IBM's Application Framework for e-business, which is IBM's methodology -- based on thousands of customer engagements -- for developing e-business applications in an open standards-based environment.

The Alliance's interoperability work is taking place in IBM, i2 and Ariba software development labs and dedicated software integration centers in Atlanta, Boulder, Colo., Dallas, Gaithersburg, Md., and Hawthorne, N.Y. The following is a summary of progress-to-date with indications of future interoperability goals.

Ariba and i2 Interoperability

-- Ariba Buyer 7.0 interoperates with i2 Discovery Catalog and Content

Exchange 1.5 (formerly of Aspect) using the cXML (Commerce Extensible

Markup Language) specification.

-- Ariba Dynamic Trade 2.0 interoperates with i2 Discovery Catalog and

Content Exchange 1.5, allowing companies to rapidly develop and deploy

advanced trading functions in e-marketplaces, utilizing cXML

interoperability standards.

Looking ahead, the Alliance plans to deliver interoperability between i2 Discovery Catalog and Ariba Marketplace. Ariba and i2 will also be integrating the Ariba Marketplace and i2 Collaboration Planner, as well as providing open application programming interfaces (APIs) to support Ariba interoperability with i2's Customer Management Engine.

"E-marketplaces are about helping customers achieve liquidity, new efficiencies and economies-of-scale," said Jon Corshen, vice president market development, Ariba. "By ensuring seamless interoperability between our products and services, the e-marketplace Alliance will remove barriers to entry and speed time-to-value for buyers, suppliers and the e-marketplace operators."

Ariba and IBM Interoperability

-- Ariba Buyer 7.0 now supports IBM's AIX UNIX operating system, Netfinity

server platform, DB2 Universal Database, and MQ Series integration,

which allows buyers to share data seamlessly between applications.

-- Ariba Dynamic Trade 2.0 now runs on AIX and DB2.

-- Ariba Marketplace now supports Tivoli eMarketplace Manager, the world's

first comprehensive e-Marketplace system management solution, spanning

service availability, performance, and security -- such as participant

single sign-on -- to deliver e-business integrity for e-Marketplaces.

-- Ariba Marketplace 7.0 has been enabled for supplier integration with

IBM's Websphere BtoB Integrator.

-- Suppliers can now use IBM's WebSphere Commerce Suite to integrate to

the Ariba Commerce Services Network (ACSN). Using the Ariba

SupplierLive solution announced in July 2000, this integration enables

suppliers the ability to post content on the ACSN and suppliers'

customers to "punch out" to the suppliers web site. It offers seamless

back-end integration whereby orders can now flow directly from Ariba

Buyer to IBM's WebSphere Commerce Suite without human intervention and

can be integrated directly with the suppliers' ERP systems.

Over the next two quarters, IBM and Ariba will continue with aggressive plans to port the core components of the Ariba B2B Commerce Platform to the IBM application server and hardware platforms, including Ariba Marketplace to run on AIX and DB2.

i2 and IBM Interoperability

-- i2 TradeMatrix solutions such as Buy, Sell, Fulfill and Content now

support IBM AIX-based RS/6000 servers as well as AS/400 and Netfinity


-- Components of i2 TradeMatrix Fulfill solution have been ported to

WebSphere BtoB Integrator, enhancing the interoperability with

e-marketplace buyers' and suppliers' own internal business processes.

-- DB2 Universal Database now powers key TradeMatrix applications,

including Business Process Intelligence, Internet Fulfillment,

Enterprise Application Integration, Procurement and Design

Collaboration and Supply Chain Management.

-- MQ Series and MQ Workflow are now key components of TradeMatrix

Platform and support the Vendor Replenishment Collaboration


Through the end of this year, TradeMatrix Platform will continue to expand its usage of the IBM WebSphere family of products. Integration work will also continue between DB2 and TradeMatrix Content Services.

Commitment to Open Standards

Alliance applications and the efforts to ensure interoperability between them embrace open standards and APIs, including XML and Corba.

"In addition to ensuring interoperability within the Alliance application set and providing a unified technology platform for individual e-marketplace customers, the Alliance is committed to collaborating on standards to connect buyers and suppliers across e-marketplaces and commerce service providers," said Pat Toole, general manager of B2B solutions, IBM. "IBM, i2 and Ariba will extend the cooperation embodied in the e-marketplace Alliance to other players in B2B e-commerce to more rapidly produce an open, global network of buyers, suppliers and the e-marketplace operators."

The recent Universal Description, Discovery and Integration (UDDI) Project announcement is an example of this commitment.

UDDI is a cross-industry initiative designed to accelerate and broaden business-to-business integration and commerce on the Internet. Leveraging UDDI, the Alliance continues its efforts to offer the largest open network of value-added commerce services for logistics, sourcing and payment. The open draft of the UDDI specification can be found at .

The e-marketplace Alliance

The e-marketplace Alliance of IBM, i2 and Ariba was formed in March 2000 to offer the world's most comprehensive end-to-end solution for developing both public and private e-marketplaces. The unified solution combines each of the three company's core strengths in B2B applications and global services to help customers fully leverage the Internet and achieve the benefits of B2B e-commerce. Collectively, the three companies power more than 300 e-marketplaces. More information can be found at .

NOTE: IBM, Netfinity, AIX, RS/6000, DB2 Universal Database, AS/400, Tivoli, WebSphere and MQ Series are registered trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States, other countries or both. Ariba is a registered trademark of Ariba, Inc. All other products or company names mentioned are used for identification purposes only, and may be trademarks of their respective owners.

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Contact: Rob Cronin

TSI for e-marketplace Alliance



Colleen Haikes

TSI for e-marketplace Alliance


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