IBM, Hewlett-Packard, Netscape and Microsoft were last week scheduled to demonstrate their efforts to streamline interoperability with Internet-commerce applications at the Internet Commerce Exposition (ICE) in Los Angeles.
ICE was to feature a demonstration of the Open Buying on the Internet (OBI) protocol and announcements of new products that support it, and HP was planning to announce the next version of its Change Engine system for automating business processes.
HP's Change Engine 3.0 for Enterprise Process Management will allow users to manage the flow of information across an enterprise for a number of purposes, including for procurement systems, and to alter the process flow with little difficulty.
As part of the OBI Interoperability Action Showcase at ICE, Netscape, IBM, Microsoft, and others were planning to demonstrate the interoperability of their I-commerce. Netscape was also set to announce that the upgrade of its BuyerXpert automated procurement system, Version 1.5.1, will be OBI-compliant.