IBM’s new offering promises to reduce costs

IBM has unveiled its new WebSphere infrastructure software, which it claims, will reduce the cost and difficulty of integrating disparate business applications and systems.

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By  Vijaya George Published  June 26, 2002

IBM has unveiled its new WebSphere infrastructure software, which it claims, will reduce the cost and difficulty of integrating disparate business applications and systems. The new products include WebSphere Application Server Version 5 and new WebSphere MQ, Business Integration, Portal and "enterprise modernisation" software.

“IBM is working very hard to address the complex issue of integration for our customers by simplifying business processes using secure and scalable technology to accelerate e-business initiatives for customers, suppliers, partners and employees,” commented Bashar Kilani, manager of business transformation and integration software, IBM Middle East and Africa.

As companies open their enterprises to customers and suppliers, and link their departments to outside vendors, they are likely to encounter different IT systems that have been purchased over time, many of which may not be compatible. Market analayst Gartner describes the situation as "a complex, disorganised, unmanaged, inefficient – and expensive – inter-application 'spaghetti-like' architecture that connects applications and databases throughout the enterprise and, increasingly, its business partners, suppliers and customers." According to the analyst, companies spend as much as 40 percent of their annual IT budgets on integration.

IBM has attempted to resolve this problem by offering a solution built on industry standards such as Web services, Java and XML. The new offering gives clients a more automated way to link companies, customers, suppliers and employees over the Internet and to integrate packaged applications and existing mainframe systems without the cost and lost flexibility of rewriting applications to fit a particular programming model or operating system.

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