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i2 and IBM Break Performance Barriers for Transportation Management Solutions, Processing more than 500,000 Shipments in One Day
Companies release results for benchmark of i2 Transfortation Manager on DB2 and AIX
DALLAS, April 6, 2005 - i2 Technologies Inc. (OTC: ITWH) a leading provider of demand-driven solutions designed to enable business agility announced today the results of a successful benchmark test for i2 Transportation Manager on IBM eServer pSeries systems running the AIX 5L v2 operating system and DB2 Universal Database information management software. The benchmark test results exceeded all previous i2 benchmark standards by successfully processing more than 500,000 shipment orders and corresponding loads in nine hours, according to i2. To highlight the system’s data management capabilities amidst challenging, real-world demands, the tests were conducted with a substantial amount of data already in the database - up to 2 million existing shipments.
With rising cost pressures, changing customer requirements, and a greater need for adaptable transportation and distribution networks, companies are looking to achieve greater efficiencies in their logistics operations. i2 solutions for Transportation and Distribution are designed to enable companies to design, procure, plan, execute, monitor and measure freight movements across multiple modes, borders and enterprises. These solutions can create value by synchronizing the critical transportation and distribution business processes, resulting in enhanced cost and service performance.
"As best practice companies adopt a strategy of centralizing global transportation management functions across divisions and regional operations, the need for highly scalable solutions is becoming increasingly important. Based on this benchmark, high volume shippers and third-party logistics companies can realize that these systems have the ability support their current global operations and future growth plans," said Razat Gaurav, i2 Transportation solution executive. "The benchmark testing of i2 Transportation Manager on the IBM system provides supporting evidence of the solution’s scalability, reliability and maturity."
The benchmark tests, conducted at IBM’s Beaverton, Oregon testing lab demonstrated the performance of i2 Transportation Manager on IBM pSeries 4, 8 and 16-way system configurations. The workflow utilized reflected a standard transportation process and included all operational steps (including create shipment, load, tender/confirm load) required to process orders received in the beginning of a business day and ready for pick-up by the end of a business day. The benchmark demonstrates throughput that a typical deployment of i2 Transportation Manager could provide when implemented within the context of an IBM system environment.
"Reliable and robust performance levels of pSeries systems running i2’s Transportation Manager in high shipment volume environments are important for our shared customers," said Angelo Perino, Business Consulting Services Partner and Logistics Services Leader, IBM. "These results highlight the impressive performance characteristics possible when combining IBM’s POWER5 systems and DB2 software with the i2 Transportation Manager. The ability of the combined solution to handle performance demands amidst real-world test conditions is a critical need for our shared customers as we help them to be more flexible and responsive to marketplace demands."
Combining IBM eServer pSeries systems with the i2 Transportation Manager offers customers the ability to focus on business transformation supported by i2 solutions optimized for IBM pSeries servers and DB2. The benchmark is the latest in a series of technological advances achieved at IBM International Competency Centers for i2 in Dallas, as well as at the i2 Solution Center in Bangalore, India.
i2 applications support IBM eServer* xSeries* and pSeries* servers, the IBM AIX 5L* operating system, WebSphere* and DB2*. In addition, IBM Business Consulting Services (BCS) is one of i2's largest system integration and transformation partners and IBM is one of i2’s largest customers having used i2 solutions as part of its own supply chain transformation.
This information provided during the benchmark test was developed and tested under laboratory conditions. Although all material reflects the results derived from these tests, particular customer environments may yield different results, based on such variables as the customer's configuration, environment and workload. Users of the benchmark report should verify the applicable data for their specific environment.
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