Stories by Ed Scannell and Tom Sullivan

AlphaBlox deal anchors IBM's BI strategy

After decades of being a technology used exclusively by IT administrators and professional researchers, IBM is trying to push business intelligence-based technologies out to the great gray mass of desktop users in a range of different commercial environments.

IBM takes aim at .NET initiative

IBM Corp. this week will take major steps to bolster its Web services offerings and provide a clear alternative to Microsoft Corp.'s efforts in this arena.

Web Database for E-Business Partners Planned

IBM Corp. Mircosoft Corp. and Ariba Inc. next week will propose an XML-based standard that will allow thousands of vendors to register their businesses in a Web-based database, which will help them match up with partners and carry out e-commerce transactions, according to industry sources briefed by the companies.