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IBM Announces B2B, e-Marketplace Strategy

IBM Corp. this week announced its new software strategy which is designed to help businesses quickly connect to their customers, suppliers, business partners and e-marketplaces.

IBM also presented its WebSphere B2B Integrator software which combines IBM's integration and transaction software technologies and is based on open XML technology.

WebSphere B2B Integrator is built on IBM's WebSphere application server, its MQSeries messaging software and open XML technology for the exchange of e-contracts called tpaML. IBM's open, B2B software strategy will allow businesses to integrate their own computing systems--linking operations including supply chain management and logistics--with their trading partners' systems. IBM's middleware forms a platform for IBM's recent alliance with i2 and Ariba, which adds procurement and supply chain management integration.

With this announcement, IBM provides an end-to-end strategy for B2B e-commerce in all forms, including buy- and sell-side, e-markets (connect multiple buyers and sellers), and collaborative connectivity for product design, fulfillment, etc.

Unlike other piece-part vendors, IBM contends that their strategy incorporates a complete selection of software which supports the two major components of B2B e-commerce: core B2B processes and the integration of those processes with those of its trading partners.

IBM plans to add additional functionality to the WebSphere Commerce Suite for B2B and e-marketplace commerce, such as additional negotiation/dynamic price discovery models, RFP/RFQ (Request for Purchase/Request for Quotation), workflow and other features.