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IBM Bolsters Marketplace-Leading WebSphere Integration Software

Focus on WebSphere Usability, Manageability, Administration, Eases Complex Application Integration for SMBs, Enterprises and Business Partners

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SOMERS, NY - 21 Apr 2005: IBM today announced significantly enhanced versions of its marketplace-leading WebSphere business integration software to address the usability needs of small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs), large enterprises and Business Partners. Specifically, IBM announced new versions of its WebSphere MQ and WebSphere Business Integration (WBI) Server Express software.

SMB is one of the largest and fastest growing opportunities in the IT industry. IBM has a long-standing commitment to the SMB marketplace. IT analyst group IDC projects that SMBs will spend $360 billion on IT in 2005.

SMBs and large businesses alike struggle to control costs for home-grown integration solutions. The new version of WebSphere MQ helps reduce the costs of on-going support for manual coding and file transfer and point-to-point solutions to exchange data between business applications and systems*. The new version of WBI Server Express includes new adapters that integrate with existing applications, improved business flexibility using wizard-driven business rules, and simplified Web-based remote deployment.

New WebSphere Resources Help Accelerate Integration For SMBs
As a complementary offering to WebSphere MQ Express, the latest versions of WebSphere MQ and WBI Server Express provide SMBs and Business Partners with a greater array of tools and resources to support their specific business needs including:

"SMBs and large businesses share some of the common technology requirements including the need to integrate data and processes within their company and with outside suppliers and customers -- integration is one of the key attributes for on-demand businesses," said Marie Wieck, Vice President, IBM WebSphere Platform. "The software we are unveiling today gives customers all the hallmark features of WebSphere business integration software, and at the same time we've made our software easier to install, run and manage."

WebSphere Delivers Business Flexibility For Large Enterprises
WebSphere MQ's new features allow enterprises to connect point-to-point applications, establish enterprise-wide connectivity, or seamlessly extend application connections into and across mainframe environments and streamline a variety of complex application integration challenges throughout the organization.

Version 6.0 of WebSphere MQ includes, for the first time, the foundation for creating an enterprise service bus (ESB) from a single, Eclipse-based workbench by providing not only point-to-point reliable delivery of information, but also ability to publish information to multiple queues at one time from a common tool. For example, when a product update is made, all applications and partners that leverage that product can be sent an update.

The new features in WebSphere MQ version 6.0 allow organizations to combine new and existing heterogeneous IT assets as part of composite applications. This helps assure that as an organization continues to integrate new Web services into its infrastructure, it will have the flexibility to extend its IT infrastructure and easily accommodate future integration of new services, as well as continuing to integrate existing assets.

IBM's WebSphere MQ 6.0 is also tightly integrated with the newly available application infrastructure capabilities found in the latest release of IBM's CICS Transaction Server and WebSphere Application Server version 6.0 and its newest release on the z/OS.

These additional new integration features allow organizations to configure and manage WebSphere MQ servers, manage larger numbers of message queues and much larger queue sizes, as well as configure and administer other integration and infrastructure software in their organization, from a single console.

"Wachovia has a long history with WebSphere MQ and we've seen how the development and planning of the product enhancements through the years have remained true to an evolving future. WebSphere MQ is not only a highly reliable product, it is also a product which has evolved with our needs," said Tom Fox, Assistant Vice President and Technology Advisor at Wachovia. "As new features like SOAP are added, we know that we can continue to depend on WebSphere MQ as a core aspect of the bank's Service Oriented Architecture."

Further boosting the scope of its WebSphere MQ offerings, IBM concurrently announced enhancements to WebSphere MQ Workflow. New features in this release include greater ease of installation and configuration based on a native Java Client API and added support for Web services consistent with IBM's open standards strategy. The newest release of WebSphere MQ Workflow also provides the ability to manage more complex processes and improve the efficiency of the business processes linking people and information that when combined, are critical to an organization's ability to meet its business objectives.

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