IBM and i2 Expand e-Business Alliance; i2 Adopts IBM's DB2 Universal Database for Development Environment

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SOMERS, N.Y. - 12 Jul 2000: -Expanding their alliance to provide the first end-to-end solution for business-to business (B2B) e-commerce, IBM today announced that i2 Technologies, Inc. has selected IBM's DB2 Universal Database as its preferred database for developing current and future applications. IBM's DB2 Universal Database also will also support TradeMatrix(TM), i2's e-marketplace platform offering a wide range of solutions and services.
IBM's DB2 Universal Database specifically addresses B2B customer demands for high performance, rapid response time and 24x7 availability.
Currently, a number of key TradeMatrix services are supported by IBM's DB2 Universal Database, such as commerce, fulfillment and procurement, with additional services scheduled to be available soon. Planned new capabilities will include:

-- Customer data capture at the point of interaction
-- Personal access to TradeMatrix information using PDAs, in addition to workgroup and mobile devices, personal computers and large enterprise servers
-- Analysis of transactional data, using business intelligence
capabilities to provide a personalized buyer profile including
preferences, behaviors and interests

-- Ability to create personalized portals within TradeMatrix,
offering customized content, information and products to buyers

DB2 Universal Database Version 7 makes it simpler both for companies and large corporations conducting B2B commerce on the Web to gain competitive insight about their customers. It also can reduce application deployment time, in many cases by almost half, and perform high-speed Internet searches up to 10 times faster than traditional relational database search engines. To meet growing market demand, IBM also has integrated functions to make it significantly easier and faster for customers to migrate from other databases to DB2.
"DB2 offers a solid foundation for TradeMatrix participants to attract, retain and grow their own customers by offering personalized products and services," said Hiten Varia, executive vice president of i2. "For instance, IBM's DB2 Universal Database will enhance the ability of our customers to perform buyer analysis and profiling."
"The combination of DB2 and i2 solutions provides a sure-fire advantage for companies conducting B2B on the Web," said Jim Kelly, vice president of marketing, IBM Data Management Solutions. "Working with industry-leading partners such as i2, our objective is to help customers generate maximum value from their information assets as they transform themselves into e-businesses."

About IBM's DB2 Universal Database

As the foundation for e-business, DB2 Universal Database is the industry's first multimedia, Web-ready relational database management system, strong enough to meet the demands of large corporations and flexible enough to serve medium-sized and small e-businesses. DB2 Universal Database combines integrated power for business intelligence, content management, enterprise information portals and e-business with industry-leading performance and reliability to drive the most demanding industry solutions. DB2 Universal Database together with Internet technology makes information easily accessible, available and secure. There are more than 40 million DB2 users from over 300,000 companies worldwide relying on IBM data management solutions. For more information please visit

About i2

i2 is the leading global provider of intelligent eBusiness solutions. Founded in 1988, i2's mission is to deliver $50 billion in value to its customers by 2005. i2 is headquartered in Dallas, TX, has approximately 4,800 employees and maintains offices worldwide. Visit i2's Web site at
TradeMatrix(TM) is a comprehensive electronic business solution that enables companies to deploy business-to-business and business-to-consumer e-marketplaces. TradeMatrix services and marketplaces are powered by i2's advanced optimization and execution capabilities for improved decision-making. i2's solutions also provide decision-support and content for procurement, product development, operations, e-commerce and marketplaces.

Cautionary Language:

This press release contains statements that involve risks and uncertainties, including planned expansion of and new capabilities to i2 product offerings and benefits attributable to i2 products. For a discussion of factors, which could impact i2's financial results and cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements, please refer to i2's recent filings with the SEC, particularly the Form 10-K filed March 22, 2000 and Form 10-Q filed May 15, 2000.

i2 and the i2 logo design are registered trademarks of i2 Technologies, Inc. TradeMatrix is a trademark of i2 Technologies, Inc. IBM is a registered trademark of International Business Machines Corporation. All other company, product or service names mentioned may be trademarks or service marks of others.

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