Broadvision to Resell IBM's WebSphere

Move brings software provider closer to Big Blue

Redwood City, CA  April 2, 2002  BroadVision has signed an agreement with IBM to resell Big Blue's WebSphere Application Server in conjunction with BroadVision's enterprise self-service applications.

BroadVision has been cozying up to IBM over the past six months, integrating WebSphere and other IBM solutions with BroadVision's own e-business application platform, dubbed the One-To-One Enterprise. BroadVision also made several of its enterprise applications, including Business Commerce, MarketMaker, InfoExchange Portal and BroadVision Retail Commerce, compatible with IBM's AIX 5L operating system and the DB2 database.

In addition, IBM's Global Services division has built a practice to deliver BroadVision-based solutions to customers worldwide who request this implementation. BroadVision is also part of IBM's Software Investment Initiative (SII), a program offered to software vendors that work closely with IBM to deliver solutions to the marketplace.

BroadVision said the new agreement is going to further expand the company's market reach, enabling its customers to implement e-business solutions using BroadVision applications, AIX, DB2 and the WebSphere Application Server.

"The WebSphere OEM [original equipment management] agreement and our commitment to technology integration and cooperation with IBM gives our joint customers a single source for e-infrastructure servers, middleware, and services for their BroadVision e-business solutions," said Chris Grejtak, executive vice president and chief marketing officer for BroadVision.

Jerry Miller, chief information officer of Sears Roebuck and Co., a customer of the two solution providers, welcomed the new alliance. "BroadVision and IBM have been our premier vendors in e-business solutions," he said. "By aligning their solutions tightly together, they can provide best-of-breed e-business applications for our industry."