Sun and i2 Technologies are working together to deploy RHYTHM Marketplace
Services on the highly available and scalable Sun platforms for
private business-to-business eMarketplaces. The companies
also intend to collaborate on delivering a variety of public
eMarketplace industry solutions. The visions of the two
companies are consistent with Sun's mission of dot-comming the
enterprise and i2's commitment of enabling intelligent eBusiness.
i2 RHYTHM Marketplace Services on the Sun platforms help
companies to optimize their supply chains and to Web-enable their
businesses to participate successfully in the rapidly emerging
Net Economy. These offerings are available today, for in-house
installation or via service providers (SPs), as Sun itself has
recently demonstrated by implementing RHYTHM Marketplace Services
to set up the first business-to-business private exchange for
electronic procurement in its own Microelectronics unit.
RHYTHM Marketplace Services on Sun platforms integrate business
trading communities by providing real-time collaboration and a
seamless exchange of information, facilitating intelligent
decision-making and the optimization of key business processes.
Trading communities and exchanges can rely on these
industry-leading technologies to enable open access to
information among partners, so that buyers can get the lowest
costs, while sellers have access to expanded markets.
"We are pleased to partner with a company such as i2 that shares
our vision of the service-driven network and commitment to the
'ServiceProvider.com model,'" said Doug Kaewert, vice president,
Market Development, Sun Microsystems. "To compete in today's Net
Economy, companies must actively participate in supply chain
communities that span the globe, linking suppliers and customers.
The world is moving from a buy-sell model to a bid-ask trading
community. This electronic business optimization can potentially
grow to include both private and public trading communities."
"Time-to-market is crucial in today's Internet economy.
Developing and implementing a collaborative trading network for
an entire supply chain and its customers is a costly undertaking,
based upon disparate technologies and complex business process
integration. As a result, many companies such as Sun are
considering hosted applications or trading community alternatives
to facilitate their business-to-business trading processes," said
Jeffrey Simpson, executive vice president and general manager of
eBusiness Services at i2 Technologies. "Sun is the ideal partner
because they are willing to put our technology alliance to the
ultimate test of running their Microelectronics unit's supply
Sun's Procurement Process Gets RHYTHM Marketplace Services
i2 Technologies and Sun Microelectronics have completed the first
live implementation of RHYTHM Marketplace Services in a hosted
environment, for real-time procurement with strategic suppliers.
RHYTHM Marketplace Services is being used as part of Sun's
initiative to address some of its current business challenges
including: fluctuations of forecasted product mix, long product
lead times through the supply chain, collaborative planning lead
times with suppliers, and balancing inventory turns with customer
"Moving to a Webtone-based business model represents a whole new
paradigm on how companies will be managed as we enter into the
new millennium. We are pleased to be at the forefront of the
shift," said Mel Friedman, Sun's Microelectronics president.
"Through dot-comming our business processes, in conjunction with
already being a fabless manufacturer of semiconductors, we are
further focusing our resources on our core competencies, that is
bringing innovative microprocessors to market. RHYTHM
Marketplace Services provides us with the ability of connecting
our complex supply chain while not having to own, manage or
support the underlying application or IT infrastructure."
Together with i2 Technologies, and hosted by Exodus
Communications, Sun Microelectronics has succeeded in furthering
their commitment to the ASP model for eBusiness solutions. Sun
is committing its business to the ASP model as proof that Sun
Enterprise servers, Sun StorEdge, and iPlanet product
solutions are mission-critical ready. Exodus also supports Sun's
portal strategy for StarOffice, Sun's premium office
productivity suite which runs native on all major operating
environments and platforms including Solaris, Linux, OS/2,
Microsoft Windows 95/98/NT, and Java.
"Synchronizing and shrinking the supply chain to be real time,
faster, more efficient and cheaper, is what 'e' is all about,"
says Gilles Belanger, Integrated Supply Chain Practice Leader for
Arthur Andersen. "Reduction of cycle times and inventory are at
the forefront of supply chain issues. The Internet is taking us
to the next wave: from single, silo-structured enterprises to
multi-enterprise networks or multi-enterprise collaborative
planning. Arthur Andersen is the among the first professional
services firms to team with Sun on implementing and producing
this electronic marketplace solution, adding more value to the
supply chain process."
i2's RHYTHM Marketplace Services for eBusiness Success
i2's Marketplace Services, announced on June 15, 1999, as RHYTHM
eXchange Services, are a portfolio of shared services that enable
both planning and trading activities among trading partners. The
services provide integrated trading community processes for
buying, selling, manufacturing, order fulfillment, and product
Today's eBusinesses typically collaborate on a many-to-many
relationship model with dozens of outside vendors and/or
suppliers. This model requires a highly complex coordination of
technology that impacts each of the companies involved. The
associated infrastructure investment may be out of reach for some
companies that can benefit from the real-time visibility and
rapid time-to-market provided by such systems.
RHYTHM Marketplace Services enable the creation of these
sophisticated collaborative networks of suppliers and customers,
by facilitating rapid implementation of private and public
trading communities in a shared, hosted environment. This
solution extends the benefits of intelligent eBusiness solutions
to a larger number of companies not currently able to leverage
the Internet for collaboration and supply chain optimization.
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