Intel President and CEO Craig Barrett stressed at i2's Planet 2000 conference in San Diego that so-called open systems are needed for online exchanges to succeed and grow.
"Put your infrastructure on open solutions for hardware, software, networking, and overall solutions," Barrett said during the general session of the conference.
To meet the growing scalability challenge, businesses have two choices in infrastructure deployment: supplier-focused or industry-focused, Barrett said. And open systems are the way to go, he said.
"Open systems let you take advantage of industry-focused solutions that are developed faster than supplier-focused solutions," Barrett said.
By choosing open systems, an e-business is ready for exponential growth.
Barrett also told business leaders to expect new technology in peer-to-peer computing, network infrastructure, converged communications, and converged Internet.
"Expect an infusion of new technology," said Barrett. Many businesses have received mandates to become 100 percent e-business, Barrett said, and this new technology will help take them there.