IBM today unveiled Information Management System (IMS) 10, a database management and transaction system. It delivers XML and web services capabilities to users, making it easier for customers to better use information within a service oriented architecture (SOA). The introduction of IMS 10 completes an upgrade of the entire IBM data server portfolio, including the new DB2 9 "Viper" and Informix (IDS) 11 "Cheetah" data servers.
Early customer and partner tests and evaluations of IMS 10 have already taken place.
Keith Harris, manager of architecture at US bank Wachovia, said, "A major part of Wachovia's SOA environment is supported by IMS, IBM WebSphere software and IBM eServer zSeries hardware. Wachovia has built a set of foundational and business services that it needs to support its delivery channels, such as its online banking, call centre and interactive voice response channels. With the IMS Connect system, users can access all of the client's core business applications - such as its retail banking, customer information, and relationship and deposit systems - on the IMS system. Currently, the SOA environment supporting the OLB channel supports over four million users."