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EXE and i2 Advance Relationship

Written By: Steve McVey
Published On: September 20 2000

EXE and i2 Advance Relationship
S. McVey - September 20, 2000

Event Summary

In a new agreement to extend an existing strategic relationship, EXE Technologies will interface its fulfillment software with i2 Technologies' TradeMatrix solutions. No timeframe was given for the integration of EXE's EXceed eFulfillment System, eFS, with the customer-relevant components of TradeMatrix, but previous joint implementation experience should help facilitate the effort.

"EXE's EXceed makes it possible for companies to see beyond available inventory to fulfill orders with inventory they do not yet have in stock, but plan to produce or receive from suppliers," said Ray Hood, President and CEO, EXE Technologies. "It's a great way to maximize customer loyalty and profitability at the same time." No argument here. By providing accurate inventory profiles directly to TradeMatrix, eFS can effectively link the warehouse to the customer service center.

The two Dallas natives forged a strategic partnership in 1999 to collaborate on marketing their solutions but stopped short of committing to co-development of a standard interface.

Market Impact

There are clear synergies in the new partnership that should benefit both companies as well as users. EXE brings a strong solution for warehouse visibility at the detail level that, when provided to i2's order promising module, can make order commit dates more accurate. Though past projects have been successful in connecting i2 to warehouse management systems in custom integrations, a standard interface can speed joint implementations and save clients money.

Of course, the savings in integration resources may not bode well for consulting partners like Andersen Consulting and PricewaterhouseCoopers, but projects usually entail more than enough complexity to go around.

User Recommendations

Users with dynamic inventories who need to improve accuracy in order commit dates will benefit from a joint i2-EXE solution, with or without a standard interface. Without a real-time link between the warehouse and customer service department, "visibility" often takes the form of a nightly batch process that loads inventory data to the order server for automated promising.

In terms of hardware support, the main point of intersection between EXE and i2 is Windows NT. EXE offers Exceed for Unix, but we would not be surprised to see it scale back development on this product in favor of NT.

 
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