The A2i acquisition will in the short term bring together two complementary e-commerce products that should help retailers, manufacturers, and suppliers manage and sell their products to other companies and customers on-line.
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such as Oracle , PeopleSoft , SSA Global or Lawson Software , might further entertain their shopping spree. Nevertheless, given the nascence of the offering, in the short term, SAP and IBM will not affect nor lessen the value proposition of independent vendors in these niches, such as Cardonet , Enigma , ePlus , Aspect (now part of i2 Technologies ), GXS , Flow Systems , FullTilt , Pindar , PTC , Requisite , Riversand , SAQQARA , Velosel , and more. Thus, this acquisition, as well as IBM's earlier