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Services boom spurs deals with Microsoft, i2

The software firms strike separate deals aiming to help them stay competitive in the hot business-to-business e-commerce services sector.

 

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The software firms strike separate deals aiming to help them stay competitive in the hot business-to-business e-commerce services sector.

"There is a belief out there that business-to-business marketplaces are going to be the new business model."

- Laurie Orlov, analyst, Forrester Research

 


Microsoft, Andersen Consulting team on Net services business
update The companies plan to form a $1 billion joint venture to provide Internet and consulting services to companies using Microsoft's Windows 2000 operating system.

i2 Technologies buys Aspect Development in $9.3 billion deal
update The Internet commerce software maker agrees to buy the business-to-business services firm for $9.3 billion in stock.

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More companies push into Net marketplaces
Ariba, Ford Motor, PSINet and ePlus are among the companies rushing to jump on the business-to-business bandwagon.