WebMethods to launch midmarket enterprise service bus

Integration software supplier WebMethods has unveiled an array of applications, including a simplified product for smaller...

Integration software supplier WebMethods has unveiled an array of applications, including a simplified product for smaller businesses and a host of functionality-extending add-ons developed through partnerships.

WebMethods Express, a point-to-point integration tool aimed at the midmarket, will debut by the end of 2003.

The software can be used on its own or combined with WebMethods JMS+, also due out by the end of the year, to form an ESB (enterprise service bus) architecture tying together message brokering with standards-based routing technology.

Two embedded-technology arrangements have helped WebMethods create its latest tools to extend the features of its integration system.

Software from Defywire's Mobility Suite powers the WebMethods Mobile, which enables delivery of corporate information to mobile devices including phones, handhelds, tablets and laptops. Coupled with WebMethods' business activity monitoring software, WebMethods Mobile can offer real-time alerts on corporate IT systems.

WebMethods is also relying on a partner, Informatica, for the technology underpinning its forthcoming WebMethods Dashboard, due in December.

WebMethods licensed Informatica's PowerAnalyzer software for the dashboard software, which offers real-time reports and alerts on data flowing through the WebMethods Integration Platform.

WebMethods also introduced a RFID system developed in conjunction with OATSystems, whose RFID application, Senseware, helps companies track supplies using the tagging technology that could, eventually, replace bar codes.

The joint WebMethods/OATSystems offering links Senseware with back-end corporate systems, a move intended to help companies access more complete data about their inventories and supply chains. 

WebMethods, the industry's first web services infrastructure company, also announced special introductory offerings of webMethods Portal(TM) to help customers quickly and cost-effectively move strategic portal projects into production.

The special promotions, which are expected to remain in effect until 31 March, are designed to remove cost barriers that may inhibit companies from carrying out their portal projects.

The company also announced it wil be offering North American customers a discount on its WebMethods Portal software.

The software can now be purchased for $25,000 per server, half its list cost.

WebMethods Portal Quick Start, includes a licence for an unlimited number of users and 80 hours of WebMethods professional services to assist with deployment for $175,000 per project.

Staey Cowley writes for IDG News Service

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