IBM and EXE Technologies today announced a global strategic relationship in which the two vendors will provide supply chain customers with integrated solutions that will help them transform into e-businesses. These solutions will be initially targeted to customers in the automotive, consumer packaged goods, electronics, retail and wholesale distribution industries. In addition, EXE and IBM announced that Pep Boys, a large automotive products retailer in the United States, and Metro Richelieu, one of Canada's largest grocers, are the first customers to take advantage of this relationship.
an aborted attempt to IPO in 1998. Formed in the 1997 merger of Neptune Systems and Dallas Systems, EXE has struggled to complete merger restructuring amid high turnover in its sales organization. Like Stockholm-based IMI, EXE stands to gain a great deal by collaborating with Big Blue, provided that it can work through its integration issues successfully. IBM's action may provoke a similar move by Unix giant Sun Microsystems, which recently announced a global supply chain initiative. User Recommendations