IBM and a collection of business partners are to boost WebSphere's integration capabilities by announcing more than 300 adapters designed to tighten its links to leading enterprise application environments.
IBM and business partners including Attunity, iWay and Neon Systems, will roll out 50 adapters and more than 250 updated adapters for WebSphere Application Server 5.0.
The offerings will allow corporate developers to create and deploy applications that work with server-based applications from PeopleSoft, SAP, Seibel Systems, i2 Technologies, Lawson Software and several others.
The adapters are expected to give IBM the industry's broadest range of adapter support for J2EE. Some believe the move is directed squarely at rival BEA Systems, which has agreements in place with some of the business partners delivering products for WebSphere next week.
The goal of the adapters is to reduce integration costs by 75%, while at the same time making it easier to prevent data duplication and making sure that applications respond correctly to the latest information available.
The adapters also quicken application development that can exchange information with existing or software in a standard way. This makes it easier for developers to work with a range of data formats and both structured and unstructured databases.
Some of the WebSphere Business Integration adapters are tailored to help developers in vertical markets such as energy and health care.
Ed Scannell writes for InfoWorld