The agreement significantly expands the companies' existing relationship. IBM will promote Manugistics' supply chain solutions worldwide across all major industries with an emphasis on retail, consumer packaged goods, government and high technology markets. Manguistics' J2EE-based applications will use IBM's database and middleware offerings, including DB2 and WebSphere application server, and will run on IBM infrastructure.
The joint solutions will also be aimed at helping customers take better advantage of new technologies including radio frequency identification (RFID) and business process management.
"This alliance with IBM represents a significant milestone for our companies and for our joint clients," said Greg Owens, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Manugistics in a statement. "The combination of the foremost solutions in demand and supply chain management with IBM's hardware, services, and open middleware will enable our clients to collaborate and to respond to changes throughout the demand and supply chain with the speed that today's business demands."