Intel invests in another Java developer

Never shy about opening its capacious wallet, Intel was at it again this week, investing an undisclosed sum in Java developer Ariba Technologies, a company that specialises in providing operating resource procurement automation software. The two companies intend to collaborate on optimising Ariba's Operating Resource Management System (ORMS) for Intel's processors. The investment news comes in the same week that Intel announced it was investing an unspecified sum in Chinese Web search-engine provider Internet Technologies China Inc.

Never shy about opening its capacious wallet, Intel was at it again this week, investing an undisclosed sum in Java developer Ariba Technologies, a company that specialises in providing operating resource procurement automation software.

The two companies intend to collaborate on optimising Ariba's Operating Resource Management System (ORMS) for Intel's processors, including the chip giant's upcoming IA-64 architecture (code named Merced). Ariba is one of the Java developers that is already working with Intel's Merced partner, Hewlett-Packard Co., on optimising its Java-based applications to run on IA-64.

Under the terms of Tuesday's agreement, Intel and Ariba will also engage in joint-marketing efforts to highlight the Ariba technology. For example, the chip maker will sponsor the Ariba ORMS User Group and Advisory Council.

Operating resources can be defined as the services, industrial and office supplies, capital equipment and other non-production items that a company requires to support its daily business needs. These account for a minimum of 30% of all corporate expenses, Ariba estimates. Given that, typically, paper-based systems have been used to track expenditure on operating resources, the company said that automating the process with its software can lower costs -- a point with which Intel agrees.

"We believe that business-to-business e-commerce solutions, such as the Ariba ORMS, will deliver significant cost savings for Global 2000 corporations," said John Miner, vice president and general manager of Intel's Enterprise Server Group, in a statement.

The investment news comes in the same week that Intel said it was investing an unspecified sum in Chinese Web search-engine provider Internet Technologies China Inc. (ITC).

Intel has made previous investments in Java developers this year, including taking a stake in Intertainer Inc., a broadband entertainment-program service provider in February, and in WebLogic Inc., SuperCede Inc. and Tower Technology Inc. in January. The aim of all the investments is to ensure that vendors' server-side applications perform as well on Intel-based hardware as they do on Sun Microsystems' machines.

Ariba, based in Sunnyvale, California, can be reached via the Internet at http://www.ariba.com/. Intel, based in Santa Clara, California, can be reached via the Internet at http://www.intel.com/.

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