IBM Deal Reflects eBay Goals

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"IBM and eBay announced an alliance this morning (yes, yes… a strategic alliance) whereby eBay will use IBM software to upgrade its platform to next-generation technology, and IBM will "significantly" expand its presence on eBay to sell more products on the company’s site. The deal is a shot in the arm for IBM, and yet another example of eBay’s strategy of catering to big businesses on its auction site. […] Beyond selling products, the agreement also calls for eBay to change from proprietary software to IBM’s WebSphere product over the next 16 months."

So is eBay going to manage its Hailstorm strategy with WebSphere, a J2EE app server?
04/12/01 update: eBay – Without a .NET.

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