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A.T. Kearney and i2 Form 2Source

A.T. Kearney, the management consulting subsidiary of EDS (NYSE: EDS), and i2 Technologies Inc. (Nasdaq: ITWO), the leading provider of marketplace solutions, announced a global strategic partnership to deliver technology-enabled Strategic Sourcing, supplier management, procurement and content solutions for companies, e-marketplaces and all industry verticals worldwide.

The partnership's combined service and product offering, which will be named 2Source, combines A.T. Kearney's Strategic Sourcing and procurement transformation expertise with i2's supplier relationship management solutions for strategic sourcing and procurement.

As part of the agreement, EDS becomes a preferred supplier of integration services for i2's supplier relationship management product suite.

All of A.T. Kearney's approximately 500 sourcing consultants will be able to deliver technology-enabled Strategic Sourcing services powered by i2's supplier relationship management solutions.

2Source will also offer plug and play sourcing, category management services, auctioning, supply market solutions and RFQ/RFP solutions via the i2 TradeMatrix Network. i2's customers will be able to leverage 2Source sourcing expertise and solutions to reduce the cost of goods and services. The combined offering also will include the creation of private label services that will be offered to e-marketplaces and enterprise customers.

"The convergence of Internet-based technologies with procurement and supply chain management can create significant new value when coupled with optimized Strategic Sourcing solutions," said Dietmar Ostermann, CEO of A. T. Kearney. "2Source will help deliver value rapidly by assembling the integrated solutions that enterprises need to optimize their supplier relationships."