Mackay: It comes back to asking, Where's the financial model for this thing? Is it going to survive? Just intermediating and strangling your suppliers in order to give the lowest price to your customers isn't going to work. [But] you can provide additional value as a public marketplace by putting together a whole portfolio of services. For instance, if you can take a public marketplace and say, "I know you're a buyer; I'm going to do your financial settlement; I'm going to give you insurance; I'm going to give you freight and logistics in an end-to-end package" -- then you've got something to buy for.
InfoWorld: What's next for i2 in terms of product development?
Mackay: We have a big push in the network space right now. I think that enabling some of our solutions through a business network is important, and we're putting big trust in what we call a Trade Matrix Network.
Obviously, in order to enable network solutions, there is a lot of network-oriented or Internet-oriented technology that we need to leverage in trying to solve on-ramping problems [through] either integration, or security, or authentication.