i2, IBM Ally for Lower-cost SCM Solutions

Offer supply chain planning solutions running on eServer xSeries

Dallas — January 20, 2004 — IBM and supply chain solution provider i2 Technologies have released i2 supply chain planning apps for customers on IBM eServer xSeries Intel processor-based servers running Microsoft Windows Server.

With organizations seeking to optimize their business processes with supply chain solutions that can add value at the right price point, i2 said its implementations based on Intel processor-based servers can be deployed and scale from single-processor to multi-processor systems using either Intel Xeon or Itanium 2 processors.

"In a recent survey of i2 customers, IT and line-of-business managers identified performance and cost of ownership as two highly desirable characteristics of Intel Itanium-based SCM solutions," said Charlie Latch, i2 vice president for corporate alliances.

Latch said that the new offering from i2 will address this need with Intel processor-based 64-bit performance and the potential cost advantages of the IBM eServer xSeries running Windows Server 2003, offering new flexibility for companies looking to manage the underlying costs for supply chain solutions.

Jay Ennesser, vice president for strategic alliances at IBM, said that Big Blue's infrastructure solution, combined with i2's supply chain management solutions, could help IBM's customers transform their businesses while managing the total cost of the overall solution. "This is key as they evolve to on demand enterprises," he added.

This solution is available using the IBM xSeries 445 and the recently introduced xSeries 455 Intel Itanium 2 processor-based hardware. Testing for the solution was conducted with the support of Intel and IBM engineers at the IBM International Competency Centers. These Centers are co-located at i2's corporate headquarters in Dallas and at an i2 facility in Bangalore, India.

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