IBM offer B2B on your mobile

IBM has come up with a way of developing a business to business marketplace that can be accessed from your mobile phone, PDA or pager.

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By  Peter Conmy Published  August 5, 2000

IBM has come up with a way of developing a business to business marketplace that can be accessed from your mobile phone, PDA or pager.

The company claim that it is the first software package available that will allow you to build these applications in the MiddleEast.

“This year alone, hundreds of new e-marketplaces will emerge, changing the way business is done in some of the largest and most traditional industries in the world,” said Ed Kilroy, general manager, IBM electronic commerce software.

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By extending essential business-to-business transactions to wireless devices, participants can remain engaged from anywhere, thereby increasing market efficiency and improving inventory liquidity.

For example, bidders can receive notifications on auctions they are participating in — such as a request for higher bid, an outbid notice, or even a winning bid notification — in realtime through a wireless device.

This enables exchanges to rapidly move liquid inventory, thus saving time and money.

The new software is named WebSphere Commerce Suite, Marketplace Edition. It offers all the functions and tools for building a scaleable marketplace, including: various dynamic trading models, such as exchange, RFP/RFQ and auctions.

In addition, the solution provides an aggregated catalog; secure membership registration and access control management, as well as easy-to-use business intelligence and reporting functions.

Combined with Lotus Sametime, buyers and sellers can communicate and receive on-line customer assistance to easily exchange goods and services. Business-to-business on-line commerce is growing rapidly.

The Gartner Group estimates that over 400 trading markets have been launched to date, and the number will rise to 10,000 by 2002.

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