IBM Delivers New WebSphere Software and Initiatives to Simplify Application Development and Integration

Combination of Web Services and IBM's Open Infrastructure Software Helps Companies and Partners Adopt e-Business on Demand

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NEW ORLEANS, LA - 17 Feb 2003: IBM today announced new WebSphere* software and initiatives that strengthen the ability of companies and partners to build, integrate and manage business applications across and outside their organizations.

By uniting the silos of information spread across disparate platforms and years of technology investments that span nearly every large enterprise, WebSphere is incorporating the industry's most advanced Web services support to allow companies to respond faster to ever-changing demands, increase efficiencies and execute new market opportunities.

IBM also announced at its PartnerWorld conference in New Orleans that it is offering new programs, resources and communities that make it easier for developers, customers and business partners to improve their Web services skills and speed up Web services adoption in the financial services, insurance and manufacturing industries.

The new members of the WebSphere Version 5 family -- IBM WebSphere Application Server Enterprise and WebSphere Studio Application Developer Integration Edition -- meet customers' demand for technology that simplifies much of the application development, integration and management that takes place across diverse enterprises, freeing their IT staffs to work on projects central to the core business of serving customers, partners and employees. Infrastructure that is open, self-managing and integrated is part of what IBM calls e-business on demand.

The software offers the industry's broadest support for J2EE and Web services, putting to use Web services standards that IBM has helped develop so customers can more easily accomplish complex integration tasks. Using Web services, developers can graphically design and control the flow of complex and diverse applications and transactions across the network. Thus, customers can orchestrate and choreograph Web services, business processes, data and all forms of information.

In IBM's view, Web services and J2EE are fundamental starting points to a better-integrated infrastructure, but businesses are also demanding secure, scalable middleware that manages multiple business processes inside and outside the corporate firewall. It's the difference between simple connection of information silos and a truly integrated on-demand operating environment.

"What sets IBM apart is that we think that Web services based on XML and J2EE are just the beginning," said Jocelyne Attal, Vice President, Marketing, for IBM's WebSphere software platform. "What we're hearing from customers is that vital needs such as integration with legacy assets, the ability to manage and integrate high volumes of transactions, and a more self-managing infrastructure certainly don't go away in the new Web services world; in fact, they become more important."

Brunswick Boat Group, a global leader in recreational boating, is using WebSphere to integrate information from multiple sources so they can interact faster and more flexibly with their dealer network. "WebSphere application server and development tools give us a way to optimize developer productivity and provide application flexibility," said Jason Becker, Manager of Client Applications for Brunswick Boat Group. "These solutions will make it possible for our organization to use Web services to solve our integration concerns so that we can easily adapt to a world of e-business on demand."

New IBM WebSphere features:

"Industries today face the business and IT challenge of responding quickly to increasing market demands, and they want technology that provides flexibility while building in business value for partners and customers," said Nicolas Jabbour, Chief Technology Officer of Prolifics, which provides enterprise business solutions to large companies. "WebSphere's next-generation infrastructure software supports the most productive and adaptive environment for integration, so companies are well positioned for the future of e-business on demand."

New Programs Help Partners, Developers and Customers Adopt Web Services
IBM announced an array of programs and support for business partners, developers and customers to accelerate the adoption of Web services, including:

Price and Availability
WebSphere Application Server Enterprise, V5 - $25,000 per processor -- available February 21; for more information go to

WebSphere Studio Application Developer Integration Edition, V5 - $6,000 per developer seat -- available Februrary 21; for more information go to

For more information on IBM's Web services offerings, go to

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