IBM is bulking up its e-business commerce portfolio.
Big Blue on Monday announced new partnerships with enterprise software
developer J.D. Edwards, business-to-business software maker Ariba, and
collaborative applications provider Logility. The deals were announced at
this year's IBM Link 2001 Conference in Las Vegas.
Big Blue and J.D. Edwards will jointly sell and market collaborative
commerce applications to selected markets in the public sector and wholesale
distribution industry. This is an expansion of an existing alliance between
the two companies.
Under terms of the agreement, J.D. Edwards will sell its software through IBM's
software, server and services channels, through its business partners in the midsized wholesale distribution market, and through selected accounts in state and local public sector.
In addition, J.D. Edwards World and OneWorld Xe applications will be ported
to IBM's eServer products and other key software and middleware products.
IBM Global Services and IBM Business Partners will provide consulting,
customization and integration services for joint IBM and J.D. Edwards
In related news, IBM will start hosting Ariba's Buyer e-procurement software
beginning in the second quarter. The IBM-managed Ariba Buyer service will
provide the Ariba software, IBM help-desk support, and application hosting
services, Big Blue said in a statement.
Ariba Buyer allows companies to automate and manage corporate sourcing,
buying, and internal business processes between employee desktops, suppliers
and electronic marketplaces.
IBM and Ariba are touting the new hosted service as a way to allow more
midsized companies to take part in business-to-business e-commerce.
"Ariba and IBM are bringing midsized companies all the benefits of
e-commerce in a hosted model to help them compete in global e-commerce," said
Dan Fishback, vice president of global channels at Ariba.
The deal is part of an existing alliance between IBM and Ariba that was formed amid much fanfare last
March. E-commerce software maker i2 Technologies also joined the alliance, which was
created to sell software and services to help build online marketplaces that
serve companies in aerospace, construction, retail, chemical and other
industries. But i2 and Ariba have since made many moves that <="" a="" rel="follow">jeopardize the alliance.
IBM also announced it is teaming with business-to-business collaboration
software maker Logility to sell Logility's Voyager software on the IBM
eServer iSeries server, allowing customers to use the collaborative
planning, forecasting and replenishment applications provided by Logility.
Logility applications can be used with an enterprise client-server model
or an application service provider (ASP) model, both using the IBM
eServer iSeries server.