The concept pulls together three sets of existing technologies: the WebMethods integration platform, technology to Web services-enable existing applications and the ability to manage Web services.
"We're trying to help customers take a look at the big picture," said Kim Trudel, vice-president of enterprise Web services at WebMethods. "Once Web services are developed and deployed, management comes into the picture."
As well as supporting Web services standards such as XML, SOAP, WSDL and UDDI, WebMethods offers management capabilities via the Open Management Interface, a specification that WebMethods and Hewlett-Packard, along with Tivoli, BMC and Computer Associates, hope to make a standard for combining integration software with systems and enterprise management systems.
The management capabilities that WebMethods offers include Web services as well as integration and business processes, Trudel said. "We don't make a distinction between Web services and other kinds of services," she added.
EAI players Tibco, SeeBeyond and Vitria have added support for Web services over the last few months as well. Microsoft is also making a push into EAI with BizTalk Server which supports Web services and plays a role in the company's overall .net strategy.
"It's not like WebMethods is doing anything that everybody else in this space won't do. They're just getting there sooner," said Carolyn White, an analyst at US-based Meta Group.