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WebMethods to add advanced management

Integration software company webMethods will jump into the systems management market this summer with a new product called WebMethods Manager.

The company is also ramping up a new business unit to capture what it sees as a fertile market for system integration within the federal government, said Phillip Merrick, the chairman and chief executive of webMethods.

WebMethods Manager will be an add-on product for the company's webMethods integration platform. "You will be able to plug webMethods Manager into system management consoles and not only control the switches and the routers, but also the business practices," Merrick said.

WebMethods technology is already a component of enterprise platforms such as SAP, i2, Oracle, Siebel and others, so adding advanced management capabilities to these platforms with WebMethods Manager should prove to be painless, said Merrick.

With WebMethods Manager, integrating business practices with WebMethods technology will increase troubleshooting capabilities while reducing the number of interfaces needed to link enterprise and legacy applications, databases, and workflow inside and outside an organisation.

"We recognise that system management is a new area all to itself, and it's an area we want to get into," Merrick said. "We provide our own console, that provides the ability to find out where a business process broke down."

Target markets for WebMethods integration platform and the upcoming WebMethods Manager include companies involved in manufacturing processes, financial services, and government.
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