IBM Announces Agreement with Extricity to Deliver Next Generation Business-to-Business Solutions

IBM licenses Extricity's B2B Process Technology for WebSphere BtoB Integrator

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Somers, New York - 25 Sep 2000: - IBM today announced an agreement with Extricity*, Inc. wherein IBM will license and integrate the Extricity B2B* software platform with the next version of IBM's WebSphere Business-to-Business Integrator*. As a result of this agreement, the enhanced product will help companies and electronic marketplaces automate the flow of information and business processes among groups of businesses on the Internet, saving time, money and improving competitiveness and responsiveness.

Under this agreement with Extricity, IBM will license the Extricity B2B software platform as an integrated component of the WebSphere BtoB Integrator. The Extricity B2B software platform allow companies to automate the flow of information among groups of businesses by integrating and extending applications and business processes to work with those of their partners. The inclusion of Extricity's technology in WebSphere BtoB Integrator will help customers to easily build B2B business process management solutions that will span functional and organizational boundaries.

"IBM's decision to embed the Extricity B2B product in the upcoming WebSphere BtoB Integrator is a good one," said Sally Cusack, Research Manager for Middleware and Businessware at IDC. "Extricity offers a comprehensive platform for multi-partner relationship management. This, combined with IBM's leadership position in the enterprise messaging market, makes a powerful combination for managing B2B processes between organizations."

As a one-stop shop solution for B2B e-commerce, the combined solution will provide a well-integrated internal IT infrastructure built on IBM's WebSphere* software platform that will help companies deliver efficient B2B interactions with trading partners. The single integrated solution will enable businesses to start simple and grow as their B2B needs progress.

"There is a growing demand for solutions that provide interoperability across trading partners boundaries, thus enabling suppliers and buyers to conduct business more efficiently," said John Swainson, general manager, Application Integration Middleware, IBM. "With the addition of Extricity's B2B technology, we can help companies accelerate the process of marketplace integration, while helping to ensure the integrity of the transactions."

This integration further complements the IBM, Ariba and i2 alliance by providing a powerful integration platform with additional B2B process management capabilities. This agreement will help traditional companies extend their supply chain for proactive process management between enterprises and help e-marketplaces facilitate buying and selling among industry consortiums.

"Extricity is pleased with this agreement with IBM," said Barry Ariko, chairman and CEO of Extricity. "This relationship further validates Extricity's focus on web-based, process-oriented B2B solutions. The IBM relationship and being a part of IBM's WebSphere product family extends Extricity's global reach and provides us and our mutual customers with access to a well trained direct and partner sales and support channel."

Several businesses are already utilizing IBM and Extricity's technology to provide business-to-business integration, including Sharp Microelectronics and Celestica.

"The new partnership between Extricity and IBM is a key milestone in the development of the next generation of B2B solutions," said Don Lavallee, director of strategic business operations at Sharp Microelectronics. "As a customer of Extricity and IBM, Sharp was able to leverage the strengths of both organizations -- Extricity's expertise in B2B process-based collaboration and IBM's diverse information systems offerings that are used to support many of our critical business operations within Sharp on a global basis."

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