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Chicago-based, a provider of live interactive business and industrial auction broadcasts, and eBay Live Auctions, eBay’s destination for real-time Internet auctions, signed an agreement to offer eBay’s Business And Industrial Live Auctions technology to’s new and existing business and industrial auction house partners around the world.

This partnership expands the auction house’s reach to eBay’s over 105 million registered users to participate in traditional live business and industrial auction sales from anywhere in the world.

Chicago to host Xbox tournament

Chicago will host the second of three National Microsoft Xbox Halo tournaments put together by Associates of Gaming Professionals (AGP).

AGP Nashville, the name of the fifth tournament run by Jay Umboh, Commissioner of the AGP, will be held at the Cineme Animation Festival on the weekend of Sept. 24-26.

Microsoft Xbox tournaments are currently being held across the country with large numbers of participants competing for cash prizes as high as $10,000.

Report lauds ThoughtWorks

Chicago-based ThoughtWorks was recently recognized by Forrester Research Inc. for its expertise in open source software.

The June 2004 report read in part, “ThoughtWorks and two other firms win on deep expertise. These specialist vendors are well placed: when expertise on open source code is required; for pure open source projects-if so, they may operate directly; and to reinforce generalist integration teams on open source developments.”

Initiate updates Hub software

Chicago-based Initiate Systems Inc., a provider of customer data integration (CDI) software and services for the on-demand enterprise, released Initiate Identity Hub 5.2ä software, the company’s next-generation CDI product. Initiate Identity Hub 5.2 now supports UNIX/DB2 and Linux/Oracle.

The new version of Initiate also includes two new applications, Initiate Reporter for ad hoc data analysis, and Initiate Data Profiler, a data profiling application. Initiate plans to deliver additional reporting applications with subsequent releases.

Metaphor tests MobileDecisions product

Naperville-based Metaphor Software completed internal development and testing of its flagship technology, MobileDecisions, and has begun field assessments for the wireless technology designed for businesses that serve remote populations such as field forces, distribution channels and consumers.

MobileDecisions uses a middleware approach to link by linking common wireless devices, such as PDAs and SmartPhones, with data from internal computer applications.

Integrated Warehousing noted in magazine

Downers Grove-based Integrated Warehousing Solutions, a provider of supply chain execution solutions, was selected as one of Supply Demand Chain Executive Magazine’s Top 100 Supply and Demand Chain vendors for 2004.

The recipients of this award were chosen on their ability to demonstrate that they will be around for the long-term, have relevant industry knowledge and expertise that address specific pain points in the supply chain, that can demonstrate a return on investment and that are continuing to drive innovation in their solutions and services offerings.

Law firm picks Interface Software

Oak Brook-based Interface Software said the Portland, Oregon-based law firm Bullivant Houser Bailey selected InterAction, a client relationship management (CRM) product for professional services and relationship-based organizations, as the primary technology infrastructure for the firm’s Relationship Intelligence strategy.

InterAction will be rolled out firm wide to 350 lawyers, support staff and marketing personnel throughout seven offices and will serve as the firm’s central repository of information about clients and contacts.

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