IBM has updated its WebSphere Business Integration Server software for release later this month, along with two new add-on modules based on technology IBM acquired in September through its purchase of Holosofx.
IBM's WebSphere Business Integration software is intended to link corporate applications and business processes, which the product can model and automate. WebSphere Business Integration Server version 4.2 adds extended Web services functionality, including new features for converting human workflows tracked by the system into Web services.
For example, a supply-chain approvals process could be modelled by the system and exposed as a web service, allowing users to participate in the operation online rather than through an offline process.
Also new in the update is support for Eclipse, the open-source programming tools-integration platform whose development IBM spearheads.
Along with the 4.2 upgrade, IBM will release two new modules, WebSphere Business Integration Modeler and WebSphere Business Integration Monitor.
IBM's goal with WebSphere Business Integration is to let customers mesh their business processes with their IT infrastructure, said Rachel Helm, IBM's director of product management for WebSphere Business Integration.
The modelling module will aid customers in identifying and simulating business processes, she said, while the monitoring component offers users dashboard views of ongoing operations such as sales processing and supplier interactions.
The core of both products came from Holosofx, whose technology has now been revamped and integrated into the WebSphere line.
Pricing for WebSphere Business Integration Server 4.2 starts at $124,000 (£78,451) per processor. The add-on cost of the monitoring and modelling modules depends on customers' configurations.