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IBM boost for process modelling

IBM is rolling out modelling software that it says delivers a bird's-eye view of complex business processes and boosts workflow.

The company has announced version 5 of its WebSphere Business Integration Modeler, which can be used to map complex supply chain and customer service operations. IBM said the program's extensive web services and other integration technologies gave corporate developers greater flexibility in supporting more comprehensive workflows. 

Because it is based on the Eclipse open-source developer framework, the program can be tied more easily to existing software. It also supports the XML-based Business Process Execution Language standard, which will enable developers to use web services when modelling business processes. 

The product interoperates with WebSphere MQ application messaging, Rational Rose XDE development tools, and the WebSphere Business Integration Server Foundation platform for building and deploying composite applications.

IBM said the open architecture would let the software work with existing content created with Microsoft's Visio diagram tool, which handles tasks such as website mapping. 

Star Alliance, a network of 15 airlines, is already deploying version 5 to support collaboration among its members, despite geographic and cultural differences. 

WebSphere Business Integration Modeler 5 is available from this week at a starting price of $1,250 (£688).

Marc L Songini writes for Computerworld

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