To support its expansion among thousands of US specialty retailers, as well as its worldwide manufacturing facilities and employees, the Tommy Hilfiger Corporation has chosen IBM, eOneGroup and Linux for its new e-business infrastructure.

The technologies from IBM - including IBM eServer products running Linux, DB2 Universal Database, Java and eOneGroup's suite of software products - have enabled Tommy Hilfiger to create a new B2B portal (tommyb2b.com) where the company's specialty retailers and salesforce can view selected core and seasonal apparel products, such as jeans and other basic, available inventory, in real-time, as well as place, track and ship orders.

The infrastructure also includes a business-to-plant website that links Tommy Hilfiger's production facilities around the world, which is expected to speed design-to-product time and significantly decrease costs. A virtual employee store that allows, for the first time, Tommy Hilfiger personnel to shop on-line around the clock is also available.

The web infrastructure, designed and built by IBM business partner eOneGroup, includes IBM eServer xSeries servers running Linux to handle web-based transactions, integrated on-line with IBM eServer iSeries servers running Java that are tied to existing wholesale and warehouse management systems.

"We identified an increasing demand for our products among mid-market specialty retailers, and IBM and eOneGroup delivered the technologies and expertise we needed to reach this growing market segment", said Brent Findon, vice president of system development at Tommy Hilfiger. "In addition, by integrating these new web portals with our existing back-end systems, we saved significantly on the time and expense of deploying this total infrastructure."