WebSphere First Software In Industry For Web Services

IBM Announces Software with Broadest Implementation of Open Internet Standards

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Somers, NY - 14 Mar 2001: IBM today announced the industry's first software enabled for Web services.

Web services are emerging e-business applications that can connect and interact with one another on the Web more easily and efficiently, eliminating much of the time-consuming custom coding currently required in, for example, B2B environments. The more efficient integration is being driven by a wide range of new open Internet standards, which IBM helped develop and has incorporated into its new software.

The new standards will allow software developers to create new e-business applications that will be able to navigate, discover and interact with other applications on the Internet similar to the way people navigate, discover and interact with Websites today. In other words, Web services are leading to a new phase in e-business in which the Internet will be driven increasingly by applications, which will lead to new levels of efficiency and productivity.

WebSphere Technology for Developers is the first software in the industry that supports the variety of open standards necessary to develop and
securely deploy Web services, including:

WebSphere Technology for Developers supports what Gartner calls Services Oriented Development of Applications (SODA) and is IBM's Web application server software enabled with these standards.

In addition, the IBM WebSphere Studio Technology Preview for Web Services is the first set of software tools that enables developers to create new Web services and provide existing e-business applications with Web services capabilities. Using the software tools, Web developers can create, test and deploy Web services with minimal knowledge of Java technology, XML or SOAP. It is available at www.alphaworks.ibm.com.

"A key part of IBM's e-business strategy has been to embrace the development of open standards and compete based on implementation," said
Daryl Plummer, Group Vice President at Gartner. "For that reason, IBM has been working across the industry the last few years to develop open Internet
standards that span from XML to Java technologies. And it will deliver the value of those standards to its customers through its middleware software like WebSphere."

"WebSphere provides us with Internet infrastructure software and development tools that incorporate the broadest range of open Internet standards in the industry," said Greg Olsen, Chief Technology Officer, Extricity. "Because WebSphere is enabled with these open standards, it will enable Extricity to develop new Web services applications for B2B relationship management, which will take our customers to new levels of efficiency in e-business."

WebSphere Technology for Developers is available at no charge on a limited basis today from IBM sales representatives and business partners.

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