Atlanta, Ga. and San Francisco, Calif., Oct. 11, 2000 - Clarus Corporation, a leading business-to-business (B2B) e-commerce software solution provider, and AlphaBlox Corporation, announced that the companies have joined forces to deliver the next generation of business intelligence solutions for today's digital marketplace. Specifically, the partnership will offer Web-native analytical service to enhance all Clarus B2B e-commerce offerings. The services, built on the AlphaBlox platform and the Microsoft .NET enterprise platform, will reach all buyers, sellers and marketplace hosts with Web-hosted business intelligence via a browser interface.

"A survey conducted at the Clarus eC Leadership conference reported that 75 percent of the respondents identified analytics as a critical resource requirement for their B2B e-commerce infrastructure," said Steve Hornyak, executive vice president and chief strategy officer for Clarus. "Clarus provide a packaged application that can be brought online very quickly, so digital markets can compete and thrive. The advancements of the AlphaBlox and Microsoft technologies will enable us to enhance these capabilities by accelerating the integration of disparate data sources, improving the flexibility of graphical analysis and delivering customized analytics embedded into our solutions."

"The nature of B2B marketplaces calls for transactional information to be analyzed for performance tuning or to create value added services to differentiate these digital markets," said Polly Sumner, president and COO of AlphaBlox. "An analytical infrastructure in B2B marketplaces is now becoming just as critical as the transaction infrastructure for e-businesses. AlphaBlox's flexible platform is helping Clarus' customers gain a competitive edge above and beyond what they could realize with 'monolithic' query tools."

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