IBM upgrades integration tools

FRAMINGHAM (09/30/2003) - IBM Corp. Monday announced upgraded versions of two tools in its WebSphere Business Integration software portfolio, which is aimed at helping users tie together business processes to improve corporate performance.

WebSphere Business Integration Monitor and WebSphere Business Integration Modeler are designed to give users visibility into business events so they can respond quickly to market changes and shifting customer demands.

Version 4.2.4 of the modeling and monitoring software features tighter integration with IBM's WebSphere Business Integration Message Broker so users can now model messaging activities. Tighter integration with Rational application design and development tools - which IBM gained in its US$2.1 billion acquisition of Rational Software Corp. - let developers create models that can be exported to Rational Rose and Rational XDE.

IBM also has added support for WebSphere Portal to the modeling and monitoring tools so users can create customizable portlets for different monitor views.

New to the portfolio is WebSphere Business Integration WorkBench Entry Edition, a scaled-down application that provides basic modeling and simulation capabilities.

The ability to model and monitor business conditions keeps businesses nimble, IBM says. "Companies using our WebSphere modeling and monitoring products can enjoy a more flexible business environment and can respond with greater speed and efficiency to customers, suppliers, and partners," said Paraic Sweeney, IBM's vice president of marketing for WebSphere Business Integration, in a statement.

For example, an auto manufacturer could monitor its supply chains using IBM's integration software and be notified if a business condition will prevent it from delivering a specific automobile model on schedule. The manufacturer could receive an alert and take action to correct the problem before it jeopardizes production goals, IBM says.

Similarly, companies in the financial services industry could monitor securities processing systems and settlement cycles using IBM's integration software to reduce the risk of failed trades and automate manual exception handling.

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