I2 Announces Customer Agreements

During its Planet 2000 conference here Tuesday, i2 Technologies Inc. announced several customer wins and an expansion of its alliance with Ariba Inc.

Customer agreements include a strategic partnership with Siemens AG, a strategic relationship with Kmart, a partnership with MetalSite, and an e-business alliance with Caterpillar.

The Caterpillar deal, announced by F. Lynn McPheeters, Caterpillar's chief financial officer, entails creating a private e-marketplace using i2's TradeMatrix platform to link the Caterpillar with its suppliers and dealers. To this end, i2 has agreed to work with Caterpillar to help the company transform its supply chain, logistics, planning, and customer management business processes.

Additionally i2 has acquired Caterpillar's proprietary software for component procurement and sourcing -- Web Engineering, Cataloging, and Procurement (WECAP). With plans to integrate WECAP into its TradeMatrix Buy solution, i2 will offer the result to Caterpillar as well as to i2's other customers as part of a commercially supported software product.

Caterpillar and i2 plan to co-market the e-marketplace and i2 solution to the heavy equipment industry. The initiative will come out of a program office and Center for Excellence with staff members from both companies.

Together with Ariba, i2 announced on Tuesday plans to expand their business alliance through a new reseller agreement between the two companies. The agreement allows each company to resell the other's business-to-business solutions.

An additional partnership with MetalSite was announced by i2 Tuesday. The company stated that it would partner with MetalSite to deliver supply chain solutions for the Metals Industry. The partnership calls for implementation of i2's TradeMatrix, a deployment that should be completed and available to MetalSite's users later this year.

Separately, i2 announced that retailer Kmart has plans to use i2's TradeMatrix to transform its supply chain infrastructure, improve customer satisfaction, and enhance sales and marketing execution.

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