Planet 2000: B-to-B and B-to-C Combo Readied

A joing offering for the business-to-business and business-to-consumer e-commerce realms will be coming from I2 Technologies and BroadVision, bringing greater personalisation to i2's supply-chain management. The vendors made the announcement Monday at Planet 2000 in San Diego.

The as-yet-unnamed joint offering from i2 and BroadVision will be based on the following: the i2 TradeMatrix Sell Solution, which includes the Sales Configuration, Sales Pricer, Content Exchange, Discovery, and Internet Fulfillment Server components of i2's product line; and BroadVision's One-To-One Enterprise, InfoExchange, One-To-One Publishing, and Business Commerce software. The BroadVision applications will also be integrated with the i2 TradeMatrix platform, which will offer links to i2's supply-chain planning, optimisation, and fulfillment capabilities. The two companies will jointly market and sell the integrated solution.

The first integrated offerings will come before the end of the year, said Greg Brady, president of i2, based in Dallas. The second phase of the integrated offering will come at the first quarter of next year, Brady said. Joint customers of the two vendors are being sought out to test the combined offering. Pricing has yet to be determined.

The new relationship with BroadVision is complementary and not at odds with the highly publicised agreements that i2 also has with Ariba and IBM, Brady said. "The relationships [with Ariba and BroadVision] are complementary," he said. The Ariba arrangement is tilted toward the buy-side while the forthcoming offering will be aimed at the sell-side, he said.

"We now have a highly scalable system," Brady said of internal tests of the combined products that are yielding results of much as "900 quotes per second." This is better than the 300 quotes per second of Amazon.com, he said.

The BroadVision personalisation technologies will help e-commerce suppliers do a better job of streamlining their inventories because the closer Web-based ties to the buy-side will result in more demand-based planning, said Pehong Chen, president and CEO of BroadVision, based in Redwood City, Calif.

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