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A Boost for Interoperability

Q. What do you get if you turn 300 software developers worldwide loose for two and a half months on the problem of achieving interoperability among some major e-commerce apps and hardware?

A. Multiple advances and the end of Phase 1, according to the companies involved -- IBM i2 Technologies and Ariba .

The alliance is engaged in efforts to make interoperable the set of software used by buyers and suppliers to engage in e-commerce and collaborate over the Internet. Executives from all three companies reported on their efforts at the Ariba LIVE Miami conference today for business-to-business e-commerce

The alliance mapped progress against its unified blueprint for building e-marketplaces, which provides an outline for how the partners' software works together and a timeline for delivering additional interoperability from now through June 2001.

The goal of interoperability is to make it easier for buyers and suppliers to connect with and transact in e-marketplaces.

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 is proving that it is more efficient to develop e-marketplaces in a component-based fashion," said Jim Mackay, chief technology officer at i2.

Also at the conference, Ariba was to preview AribaLive, its new personalized Web-based application providing Ariba customers, partners, and internal consultants with a start-to-finish methodology for implementing the Ariba B2B Commerce Platform.