IBM debuts updated WebSphere Commerce

IBM has rolled out the latest version of WebSphere Commerce, intended to allow mid-sized and larger companies to integrate the...

IBM has rolled out the latest version of WebSphere Commerce, intended to allow mid-sized and larger companies to integrate the product more easily with a variety of back-end ERP (enterprise resource planning), CRM (customer relationship management), and SCM (supply-chain management) systems.

Designed as an out-of-the-box integration solution, the IBM CrossWorlds Extender for WebSphere Commerce aims to make it easier for users to track orders, manage inventories, and ship goods to customers.

"A lot of our WebSphere Commerce users are telling us they need to integrate their commerce Web channel with their existing back-end ERP systems for things such as synching processes and information around their product information, fulfillment, and inventorying. We think incorporating the CrossWorld's technology makes this happen easier," said Steve Gatto, WebSphere Commerce integration manager.

All of the constituent parts of the IBM CrossWorlds Extender for WebSphere Commerce are built around open standards, including J2EE (Java 2 Enterprise Edition) and XML, according to Gatto.

By basing the product's architecture on Java, it makes it easier for developers to add or customise features for their individual business needs, he added.

"We have done some work to pre-configure this solution for WebSphere Commerce which, in the end, requires a lot less services and custom-coding for our users to integrate with their commerce channel and the existing enterprise apps they are running," Gatto said.

The product is expected to be available by the autumn and is expected to cost around $150,000 (£101,500).

User can get more information about the product at www.ibm.com/software.

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