http://public.wsj.com/sn/y/SB999727619333814826.html September 6, 2001 EBay Chooses IBM's Websphere To Manage Transactions on Site By a Wall Street Journal Staff Reporter ARMONK, N.Y. -- In what it touted as a major victory for its software group, International Business Machines Corp. said eBay Inc. selected its Websphere software to manage transactions on its high-volume auctions Web site. IBM said it won a competitive benchmark against Microsoft Corp., which provided much of eBay's existing software infrastructure, as well as BEA Systems Inc. and Sun Microsystems Inc. IBM declined to give the financial terms of the contract. Meg Whitman, chief executive of eBay, San Jose, Calif., confirmed the company decided to replace some Microsoft technologies with IBM's WebSphere. EBay and Microsoft have a wide-ranging alliance under which eBay has agreed to adopt Microsoft Internet technologies, such as .NET and Passport, and Microsoft gives eBay auctions promotion on its MSN online properties. Ms. Whitman stressed that eBay will continue to use those Microsoft technologies. The eBay Web site has experienced major technical problems in past years as the site has grown more popular, though severe glitches have been less common this year. Ms. Whitman said the IBM software would help make eBay's technical systems more reliable. As part of the agreement, IBM agreed to expand the number of products it sells through the eBay site. IBM, Sun Microsystems and other computer companies have begun experimenting with eBay as a channel for selling overstocked and refurbished computer systems. IBM president Samuel Palmisano said "the fact they're endorsing our technology is more important" than the amount of sales IBM expects through eBay. "They had been using Microsoft. It's a competitive win for us. EBay will be one of our most prestigious wins," he said.
------------------ Tony Chen SCJP, ICS & ICSD (WebSphere)
SCJP Java 2 - IBM Certified Enterprise Developer - WebSphere V4.0 & V5.0 - IBM Certified System Administrator - WebSphere Network Deployment V6.0 - Canadian Securities Course (CSC) Certification