SOMERS, N.Y., 13 July, 2000 -- Expanding their alliance to provide the first end-to-end solution for business-to
business (B2B) e-commerce, IBM has announced that i2 Technologies, Inc. has selected IBM's DB2 Universal Database
as its preferred database for developing current and future applications.
IBM's DB2 Universal Database will also
support TradeMatrix, i2's e-marketplace platform, offering a wide range of solutions and services.
IBM's DB2 Universal Database addresses B2B customer demands for high performance, rapid response time and 24x7
availability. Currently, a number of key TradeMatrix services are supported by IBM's DB2 Universal Database, such
as commerce, fulfillment and procurement, with additional services scheduled to be available soon. New capabilities
will include: Customer data capture at the point of interaction Personal access to TradeMatrix information using PDAs, in addition to workgroup and mobile devices, personal
computers and large enterprise servers
Analysis of transactional data, using business intelligence capabilities to provide a personalized buyer profile
including preferences, behaviors and interests
Ability to create personalized portals within TradeMatrix, offering customized content, information and products
DB2 Universal Database Version 7 makes it simpler both for dot.com companies and large corporations conducting
B2B commerce on the Web to gain competitive insight about their customers. It also can reduce application deployment
time, in many cases by almost half, and perform high-speed Internet searches up to 10 times faster than traditional
relational database search engines.
To meet growing market demand, IBM also has integrated functions to make it significantly easier and faster for
customers to migrate from other databases to DB2.
"The combination of DB2 and i2 solutions provides a sure-fire advantage for companies conducting B2B on the
Web," said Jim Kelly, vice president of marketing, IBM Data Management Solutions.
About IBM's DB2 Universal Database
DB2 Universal Database is a multimedia, Web-ready
relational database management system, strong enough to meet the demands of large corporations and flexible enough
to serve medium-sized and small e-businesses.
DB2 Universal Database combines integrated power for business intelligence, content management, enterprise information
portals and e-business.
DB2 Universal Database together with Internet technology makes information easily accessible, available and secure.
There are more than 40 million DB2 users from over 300,000 companies worldwide relying on IBM data management solutions.
i2 is a global provider of intelligent eBusiness solutions. Founded
in 1988, i2's mission is to deliver $50 billion in value to its customers by 2005. i2 is headquartered in Dallas,
TX, has approximately 4,800 employees and maintains offices worldwide.
TradeMatrix is a comprehensive electronic business solution that enables companies to deploy business-to-business
and business-to-consumer e-marketplaces. i2's solutions also provide decision-support and content for procurement,
product development, operations, e-commerce and marketplaces.