i2 To Deliver AS/400-Based E-Business Solutions

IBM and i2 Leverage Traditional Business Values with New Digital Technologies

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LAS VEGAS - 20 Mar 2000: -- IBM (NYSE: IBM) and i2 Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: ITWO), a leading provider of intelligent e-Business solutions, today announced that i2 applications will run on AS/400e business servers.

The announcement was made at the IBM Supply Chain Executive Conference in Las Vegas, where more than 3,000 attendees, including customers and IBM Business Partners, are gathered to share information on supply chain solutions for small to mid-sized companies.

i2's eBusiness and TradeMatrix solutions allow AS/400 customers to leverage i2's software for operational excellence throughout the extended supply chain -- increasing revenues, reducing expenses, making full use of assets, and increasing responsiveness to customer demand. This solution enables customers to link to comprehensive electronic marketplaces, such as i2's TradeMatrix.com.

Companies are now looking for ways to save money by leveraging e-business to fundamentally transform their customer and supplier relationships. They are enhancing their partnerships by virtually extending their enterprises into both their suppliers' and customers' businesses.

"This announcement caps a 10-week IBM campaign during which we introduced significant new applications and e-business solutions for the AS/400, the industry's leading midmarket commercial business server," said Tom Jarosh, general manager, Midmarket Servers. "With i2 support, IBM continues to offer customers the best of both worlds: a totally modern, highly versatile business computer that combines AS/400 traditional strengths of reliability, scalability, security and service with the latest hot new e-business technologies."

"The AS/400 has the highest availability of any business server, enabling it to meet the critical business needs of IBM e-business customers," said Darryll Dewan, i2's group vice president, IBM Global Business. "With this announcement, we extend our successful alliance with IBM to become a premier business-to-business and e-business solutions provider to the AS/400 midmarket community."

This relationship will enable further midmarket participation in business-to-business (B2B) marketplaces and trading communities, such as i2's TradeMatrix, which provides solutions, services, and marketplaces required to conduct business profitably. TradeMatrix empowers companies to choose their level of participation in either private or public marketplaces. These value-added services realize quick time-to-value for a low initial investment.

E-Business Initiative Includes Offerings from IBM Global Services and IBM Global Financing

IBM and i2 Technologies work together to provide measurable business value, end-to-end e-business solutions that are designed to enhance operational efficiency, product excellence and customer service. Leveraging IBM and i2 capabilities, clients optimize e-business processes on the Internet with leading-edge e-business applications, consulting, technology, and advanced research supported by applied knowledge, extensive global implementation, and integration skills. For more information about the IBM and i2 alliance, visit http://www.i2.com or http://www.ibm.com/solutions/supplychain.

IBM Global Services brings these capabilities together for customers through its strategic supply chain management consulting practices. In response to global market demand, and building on the strategic partnership formalized last year, IBM and i2 have significantly expanded IBM's e-business consulting and implementation services capabilities for i2-based solutions. This expansion capitalizes on each company's relative strengths, providing customers with the competitive benefit of a best-in-class end-to-end supply chain planning solution that uses the latest technologies and industry-proven experience to reach through the full scope and depth of their value chains.

For enhanced affordability, i2 customers can select from a wide range of financing options from IBM Global Financing. IBM Global Financing's flexible offerings make i2's AS/400 based, intelligent e-Business solutions more affordable with fixed payments that enable customers to acquire more technology and conserve capital for other investments.

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