IBM Announces Web Infrastructure Software For Every Phase of e-business

IBM's WebSphere Offers Integrated Technologies to Get Customers -- Large and Small -- Down to Business on the Web

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New Today: The WebSphere Software Platform</span></strong><br /><span>The new WebSphere software platform is based on IBM & #39s Application Framework for e - 28 Jun 2000: provides a powerful, high-end rapid application development environment for building and deploying multi-tier, server-centric e-business applications. Its WebSphere RAD (rapid application development) capability means developers can access components directly from programs and can generate Enterprise JavaBeans (session beans), easing the transition to component-based development.

- WebSphere Host Publisher Version 2.2 -- quickly extends host applications to the Web by consolidating multiple sources of host data into a single Web page with no additional programming. In addition to including WebSphere Application Server Standard Edition, the new version now includes WebSphere Studio to help companies easily develop and deploy advanced e-business solutions.

Extensions to the WebSphere platform announced earlier this year, including WebSphere Everyplace Suite and WebSphere Transcoding Publisher, leverage pervasive technologies to extend the capabilities of WebSphere to mobile computing devices. The WebSphere Voice Server with ViaVoice* Technology, announced last week, enables developers to build voice-enabled Web sites and call centers on the WebSphere platform. It provides the first general purpose Web development tool for building voice applications using VoiceXML.

Additionally, the WebSphere Host Integration Solution, which previously included Host On-Demand, Host Publisher and Communications Server, will include a new version of WebSphere Host Publisher, WebSphere Studio and WebSphere Application Server Advanced Edition. The WebSphere Host Integration Solution provides the most comprehensive and flexible set of Web-to-host solutions in the industry for a single price per user, and works with WebSphere Transcoding Publisher to deliver host data to any pervasive device.

Application Accelerators
WebSphere's Application Accelerators are modular and extensible business services that enable companies to anticipate and react swiftly to business demands and opportunities, while differentiating their business practices and deliverables to meet new market demands ahead of their competition. New e-business technology must be adopted while existing applications and data must be preserved, integrated and extended to the Web. WebSphere Application Accelerators allow customers to take advantage of emerging technology for competitive advantage in their industry with solution offerings for collaboration, e-commerce and B2B integration. Specific offerings include Lotus Domino, WebSphere Commerce Suite, and the WebSphere B2B Integrator, which were announced earlier this year.

Partner Applications
Partner Applications provide partners with a complete platform on which to develop comprehensive business solutions for applications such as commerce, customer relationship management and supply chain management. This in turn increases the opportunities for customization, integration and upselling of additional projects, while decreasing the resources required for delivering and supporting the solutions.

"Business over the Internet dictates collaboration between partners, suppliers and customers," said Jack McDonald, chief executive officer, Perficient, Inc.(NASDAQ: PRFT), an Internet services firm that has over 50 consulting professionals dedicated to the IBM product suite worldwide. "From experience, Perficient's consultants see IBM's WebSphere as the pre-eminent platform for the access and integration necessary for effective collaboration."

The WebSphere software platform is built on industry standards with full support for all major computing environments, and ready-to-run applications from nearly 9,000 software vendors.

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