The Buzz: January 6, 2003

Manhattan associates is beefing up its supply chain execution tools with assets of

Manhattan Buys Logistics Apps

Manhattan associates is beefing up its supply chain execution tools with assets of that it acquired from Internet Capital Group last week for about $20 million. makes logistics planning and execution software that enables users to buy, sell, manage and optimize transportation services. The acquisition should enable enterprises to bridge the gap between transportation planning and execution by expanding Manhattans transportation management software.

Manhattan will use Logistics. coms Logistics Event Management Architecture, which enables carriers and partners to collaborate. The workflow-based architecture integrates with other business processes via Transportation XML, officials said.

Manhattan also acquired Logistics.coms OptiManage transportation management software for shippers.

Egan Exits Job as Irish Ambassador

EMC founder and former chairman Dick Egan is stepping down this month as ambassador to Ireland. The billionaire and big contributor to the Republican Party said he is leaving the post for personal reasons, according to published reports. A Bush administration spokesman said Egan was not asked to leave but that his resignation will be accepted.

Egan took the Dublin job in late August 2001. During his tenure, he said the way to bring peace to the divided Ireland was to bring jobs. He was CEO at EMC when the company opened its European manufacturing facility in 1988 in Cork, Ireland.

RBOC Extends Long-Distance

BellSouth became the first Regional Bell Operating Company to offer both long-distance and local phone service in its entire region when it launched long-distance services in Florida and Tennessee. The company already provided long-distance service to 659,000 business and residential customers in seven states.

BellSouth said it can compete with the incumbent long- distance carriers by bundling its services with local and wireless calling plans.