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IBM WebSphere Software Provides Foundation For Leading Lumber e-Marketplace


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SOMERS, NY - 24 May 2002: IBM announced today that TALPX Inc., a leading e-marketplace service provider in the building supplies industry, has selected IBM WebSphere as the foundation for its online trading system application for e-procurement of lumber.

In 1999, Chicago-based TALPX created one of the first online trading systems on the Internet to standardize and automate the procurement processes for its customers in the building supplies industry, as well as provide them with visibility into the lumber industry through real-time access to information. Today, TALPX has over 233 lumber mills in Canada and the U.S. which sell 12 billion feet on their site to 1,313 buying locations, including leading home improvement retail chains.

As TALPX grew, so did its need for a platform that provided better application stability and could handle higher loads. TALPX decided to migrate from a Microsoft-based platform to IBM's Java-based WebSphere Internet infrastructure software. Using WebSphere software development tools, TALPX rewrote its existing application onto the WebSphere J2EE platform and enabled TALPX to reduce its application development time by half.

"As we began to consider alternative application server solutions, IBM emerged as the clear choice based on their reputation as a leading tools and services vendor," said David van Tonder, chief technology officer, TALPX. "We selected IBM for the tight integration and support of the IBM development tools with the WebSphere Application Server. WebSphere tools are among the most powerful on the market and just one of the reasons we decided to migrate from Microsoft."

"TALPX required a scalable and reliable e-infrastructure to handle a high volume of transactions," said Scott Hebner, Director of Marketing for IBM WebSphere. "WebSphere provides the flexibility needed to increase up-time and decrease development cycles, enabling TALPX to reduce operation costs and focus on their core business."

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