IBM is to rewrite its WebSphere Business Integration package so that it conforms to the Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE) specification and will run it on top of its WebSphere application server.
WebSphere Business Integration is a collection of products featuring InterChange, which is process automation technology acquired from CrossWorlds; WebSphere MQ Workflow, for workflow, and WebSphere MQ Integrator, a high-speed message broker.
"The advantage [with J2EE is that you get a unified programming model, a unified environment, "said John Shedletsky, vice president of competitive technology in the software solution division at IBM. He added that the unification would enable cost and time savings, and make it easier to change applications.
The reworked version of WebSphere Business Integration is expected to ship later this year.
IBM is expected to further its middleware plans by adding support of the Business Process Execution Language (BPEL) specification, for Web services choreography, to WebSphere Application Sever.
"That will become our standardised flow description language," Shedletsky said, adding that through BPEL, developers, for example, could take process flows from another BPEL-compliant product, such as Microsoft BizTalk, and execute them in WebSphere.
Paul Krill writes for InfoWorld