15 March 2001 | Geraint John
Ariba's strategic alliance with supply chain planning specialist i2 Technologies appears to have effectively broken down.
The two American companies entered a three-way venture with IBM to offer a full range of e-commerce products in March last year, but in recent months the software industry has been awash with talk of an Ariba-i2 split. This was fuelled in January when Ariba bought rival supply chain firm Agile Software, while this month i2 announced it was buying e-procurement specialist RightWorks.
In his keynote presentation, Ariba's president and chief operating officer, Larry Mueller, referred to the "very important strategic relationship with IBM", but made no mention of i2; while chief marketing officer Michael Schmitt listed the company as a competitor.