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Nothing New Under the Business Commerce Cloud?

As the general notion of cloud computing continues to permeate the collective IT imagination, an offshoot vision holds that multiple business-to-business players could use the cloud approach to build extended business process ecosystems. It's sort of like a marketplace in the cloud on steroids, on s...

Commercial, Open-Source Brands Team Up in Linux Patent Play

Commercial and open-source titans are banding together to promote Linux and spur global innovation through access to key patents. The Open Invention Network (OIN) launched yesterday with financial support from IBM, Novell, Philips, Red Hat and Sony. The company, believed to be the first of its kind,...

EBay Launches B2B Marketplace in Challenging Climate

In a foray into the small and mid-size business arena, eBay has formally launched a new section called eBay Business. The section currently features about 500,000 product listings, focusing heavily on office technology products and wholesale lots of consumer goods and services. The site also feature...

Veritas Leads Flurry of Software Buyout Deals

Storage software maker Veritas has scooped up two smaller firms in deals worth about $600 million, leading a pre-holiday buying spree by software companies that has rapidly accelerated the pace of industry consolidation. In a separate deal, business intelligence software provider Cognos said it will...

E-BUSINESS SPECIAL REPORT

The Incredibly Quiet B2B Resurgence

There is life after the bubble for technology and portal providers that serve the B2B sector of e-commerce. But vendors must adjust to a new landscape in which spending and cost-cutting priorities have shifted dramatically in response to tough economic times. According to Gartner research director J...

IBM Discloses 15,000 Layoffs

While layoff announcements at IBM have been sporadic, the company has reported to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that it has pink-slipped more than 15,000 employees, fully 5 percent of its workforce. The majority of the cuts are concentrated in the company's Global Services business ...

E-BUSINESS SPECIAL REPORT

Where Do Tech VCs Stand Now?

Numerous venture capitalists are nursing wounds sustained when companies collapsed and stopped going public at a record clip. But most of the VC firms that can trace their roots back to the pre-boom era are still hanging on, if not thriving. "Those who came late to the party and tried to grab all...

Commerce One Joins Web Services Movement

Not to be left out of the rush to introduce open-standards products, Commerce One said that it will release a Web services integration platform late in 2002. The new platform will precede the company's release of version 6.0 of its supplier relationship management suite, which is scheduled for fir...

Is the B2B Shakeout Finally Over?

While the worst of times may be over for companies in business-to-business e-commerce, the sector remains unsteady and is likely to see more consolidation and survival-oriented alliances. "I don't think the shakeout is over," Forrester research director Laurie Orlov told the E-Commerce Times, not...

Dot-Com Job Losses Dip Below 1,000 in April

Internet-related companies fired 824 workers in April, marking just the second time in two years that the sector's monthly job loss total has been below 1,000, according to outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas. The number of job cuts fell 47 percent from March, when 1,549 cuts were ...

Commerce One Lays Off 500 More as Sales Plummet

Against a backdrop of solid earnings news from some bellwether tech companies, e-commerce software maker Commerce One reported sharply lower sales for the first quarter and said it will slash its workforce by another 30 percent. "Enterprises are more interested in applications that help them cut ...

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