i2 to use webMethods for common integration platform

By Heather Harreld, CIO |  Software

I2 TECHNOLOGIES HAS tapped webMethods to provide a common integration platform for the entire i2 product line, officials from both vendors announced Monday.

As part of the deal, which is an expansion of an earlier partnership between the pair, Dallas-based i2 will deploy webMethods' integration software as the common integration platform for its TradeMatrix transactional support and collaboration applications. The companies also have agreed to a reseller agreement in which webMethods will be i2's preferred vendor for integration of i2 TradeMatrix solutions with enterprise and legacy applications.

The deal will allow enterprises to more easily extract data from underlying systems, such as ERP (enterprise resource planning) applications, when they deploy i2's software, said Debbie Rosen, vice president of business development at Fairfax, Va.-based webMethods.

In addition, the combination is designed to help companies quickly connect with trading partners in both public and private marketplaces, expanding their reach to new buyers and sellers, she added.

"The key to reaching liquidity is that rapid time to integration and how quickly you can integrate the systems of your trading partners to each other," Rosen said. "We need to make sure we have taken away all the manual efforts [within marketplaces]."

To support this new relationship, the companies have deployed a new business unit focused on product development. i2 is currently delivering products leveraging webMethods' integration capabilities and is planning to have solutions incorporating webMethods' integration platform by the third quarter of this year.

The companies also are developing joint sales and marketing efforts.

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