IBM Eases Business Integration With New Software Features

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SOMERS, N.Y - 04 Apr 2000: -- IBM today announced new software that helps companies integrate their IT infrastructures so they can transform into e-businesses.

Business integration, or enterprise application integration (EAI), is required for companies that want to engage in corporate mergers and acquisitions, electronic commerce and business-to-business (B2B) partnerships. Companies are integrating and automating their business processes to increase efficiency, maintain competitive advantage and strengthen customer relationships.

A new version of IBM's MQSeries(a) Integrator software helps companies streamline their business-to-consumer, business-to-business and application-to-application computing environments regardless of platform or geography. MQSeries Integrator Version 2 links, integrates and automates companies' IT infrastructures quickly and easily.

The new software strengthens IBM's leadership position in the burgeoning EAI market, which is expected to total $2.5 billion this year, according to Aberdeen Group.

British Telecom is using MQSeries Integrator Version 1, and beta testing MQSeries Integrator Version 2.

"MQSeries Integrator Version 1 helps us transform legacy data so that it can be understood by other applications, this is very important for our company, it has saved us from having to do transformations manually," said Jon Calladine, Systems Interconnect Consultant, British Telecom. "We believe that the new tooling in MQSeries Integrator Version 2 will reduce the amount of hand coding required for transformations even further, making our IT architecture more flexible for future changes."

MQSeries Integrator Version 2 features a new visual tool that makes it easy for non-programmers to create business rules and transformations without writing complex code. This new tool provides a major advance in productivity, enabling companies to react quickly to change and opportunities.

"MQSeries Integrator already helps large companies integrate and transform into e-businesses," said Bill Reedy, Vice President of Marketing, Business Integration, IBM Software. "The new features we've announced today make it a lot easier and faster to implement changes."

MQSeries Integrator Version 2 also features new Extensible Markup Language (XML) support, making it possible for companies to automatically transform messages from existing applications into useable data for XML-based applications. The reverse is also true, MQSeries Integrator Version 2 can transform XML-formatted messages into useable data for existing applications.

MQSeries Integrator Version 2 builds on the power of MQSeries Integrator Version 1. MQSeries Integrator Version 1 -- which was developed by IBM and NEON together -- is completely upward compatible. MQSeries Integrator Version 2 is an extension of IBM and NEON's partnership.

"By working together, NEON and IBM are creating the gorilla of e-business integration", said Rick Adam, CEO of NEON, IBM's development partner for MQSeries Integrator Version 2. "Most market researchers have us 1-2 or 2-1 in market share."

MQSeries Integrator Version 2 will provide the integration capabilities for IBM's recently announced WebSphere B2B Integrator software, which helps businesses quickly connect to customers, suppliers, business partners and e-marketplaces. WebSphere B2B Integrator is also built on IBM's WebSphere application server, and XML technology for the exchange of e-contracts called tpaML.

WebSphere B2B Integrator complements offerings from IBM business partners. For example, IBM announced an agreement to resell and market Extricity's AllianceSeries B2B e-commerce software in November, 1999.

IBM made several other MQSeries family-related announcements today. A new stand-alone adapter offering, MQSeries Adapter Offering Version 1, complements adapter offerings provided by IBM business partners. New support for HTTP helps MQSeries data pass through firewalls more effectively, and new platform support for MQSeries allows companies to integrate more applications on new platforms.

A Bigger Role for the Industry's Leading Message Broker MQSeries Integrator Version 2 was designed to be an open framework that combines the hub-based rules and formatting capabilities of MQSeries Integrator Version 1 -- created by NEON and IBM -- with a new architecture based on processor nodes. A built-in library of processing components can be linked with those from third-party software vendors, enabling the exploitation of enterprise resources to achieve business integration.

Graphical tools allow visual representation of processor nodes and the connections between them, making it easy to define how business events and critical data are handled. The sequence of processing function dynamically manipulates and routes messages, and can combine them with data from corporate databases, warehouse in-flight messages for auditing and analysis, and distribute information efficiently to subscribing applications.

Fully utilizing and complying with such industry standards as Structured Query Language (SQL) and XML, MQSeries Integrator Version 2 allows users to define message formats through a message dictionary -- either the one supplied with MQSeries Integrator, or by a third party.

A new publish/subscribe service is compatible with the MQSeries base publish/subscribe function, and includes significant enhancements. Subscribers can register their interest based on topic and content of messages. Security is also enhanced with multiple levels of authorization.

MQSeries Integrator Version 2 is available immediately on the Windows NT platform. Pricing varies, starting at $100,000 (U.S.). Other platforms including Sun Solaris and AIX will become available later this year.

MQSeries Adapter Offering Version 1
This stand-alone adapter builder tool, that complements offerings provided by IBM business partners, allows customers to create MQSeries adapters to link applications with the MQSeries environment for integration. The offering also includes a kernel that works with the adapter at execution time providing run-time services. The MQSeries Adapter Offering is based on OAG BOD open standards and creates XML-based messages that do not require a transformation engine to get started.

MQSeries Adapter Offering Version 1 beta will be available in June 2000. Pricing will be announced at the time of availability.

MQSeries HTTP Support
MQSeries is ideal for B2B integration due to its breadth of platform coverage and reliability. Embracing the market need to marry MQSeries reliability with Web technology, IBM has added HTTP support to MQSeries. This offering wraps MQSeries messages in HTTP, allowing the data to pass through firewalls easily. HTTP may be more readily accepted by firewalls than native TCP/IP-based message protocols.

MQSeries HTTP support beta is available immediately at no cost.

MQSeries Version 5.1 for Compaq Tru64 UNIX
MQSeries for Compaq Tru64 UNIX joins the other MQSeries Version 5.1 products offering the most advanced messaging functions available, including tighter business integration for IT systems, benefits from new dynamic workload distribution and exploitation of MQSeries technology consistent across all the key distributed platforms and OS/390. Applications can operate as publishers or subscribers or publish/subscribe broker on this platform. Compaq TruCluster software is supported for high availability, ease of system management, improved failover and hardware fault tolerance.

MQSeries Version 5.1 for Compaq Tru64 UNIX is available immediately. Pricing starts at $1,500 (U.S.).

MQSeries Link for R/3 for Compaq Tru64 UNIX
MQSeries Link for R/3 for Compaq Tru64 UNIX, a new addition to the MQSeries Link for R/3 products, connects existing R/3 business applications with other R/3, R/2, or non-SAP applications across more than 35 platforms supported by MQSeries.

MQSeries link for R/3 for Compaq Tru64 UNIX is available immediately. Pricing starts at $12,000 (U.S.).

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