IBM rolled out industry-specific software for linking business processes through WebSphere Business Integration. Designed for the auto, electronics, insurance, retail, and telecom industries, the software allows companies to integrate their core processes and interact with other businesses' systems.
"The value we are bringing to our customers is speed of deployment to address the most critical integration needs of their industry," Ambuj Goyal, a general manager of solutions and strategy in IBM's software group, said in a statement. "Our commitment to deliver value is based on WebSphere's proven integration technology, our leadership in Web services, and the ability to leverage a customer's application software investments."
The new package includes WebSphere Business Integration for Financial Markets, which allows financial institutions to integrate processes between financial institutions for settling stock trades across international borders.
In addition, IBM announced a B2B product, WebSphere Business Connection, which enables companies to link their IT systems with partners. The software can be used for a variety of collaboration, including supply-chain integration automation and online procurement.
Big Blue also announced the rollout of new software tools that extend the WebSphere Studio suite of development products. The company said the new tools would help enterprises integrate tools to cut development costs.
The tools are based on the Eclipse open-source platform, which allows developers to create one tool set to work across different environments. Eclipse is an IBM-led consortium of tool vendors that develops a standard for tool integration.
The new additions to the WebSphere Studio include tools for Lotus Domino, CrossWorlds, DB2, Tivoli, MQ, IBM eServer iSeries, WebSphere Business Components Composer, and WebSphere Commerce.
Last month, IBM got a shot in the arm when research by Gartner Group and IDC found WebSphere in a virtual dead heat with the application server market's longtime leader, BEA's WebLogic.