IBM, MatrixOne Ink Deal

To offer product collaboration software on IBM technology platform

Tempe, AZ  January 23, 2002  IBM and MatrixOne today announced they are going to jointly offer the latter's collaboration software on the former's technology platform under an alliance that will initially target the consumer packaged goods and life sciences industries.

Under the terms of the agreement, IBM Global Services will provide consulting, customization and integration services, and the two companies will develop and market MatrixOne's eMatrix collaboration platform on IBM hardware, software and middleware.

MatrixOne focuses on "collaborative product commerce" solutions that it said can accelerate development cycles and reduce costs at various stages of product lifecycle management (PLM). The joint solutions will address industry-specific requirements at stages of a product's lifecycle, according to the two partners.

Kevin O'Marah, a research principal for supply chain strategies at technology consultancy AMR Research, said the new alliance demonstrates that product lifecycle management solutions have emerged as a critical component of companies' business strategies. "The significance of this partnership is that it brings together a product collaboration technology from MatrixOne that has many loyal users in the field with a powerful sales and delivery capability in IBM," O'Marah said.

Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.