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San Diego  June 1, 2001  Peregrine Systems Inc. has announced that its B2B integration technology will be used as a key component of IBM's WebSphere Business Integrator.

IBM recently announced general availability of the WebSphere Business Integrator product. The latest version of WebSphere helps companies tap into the Internet in a collaborative manner to perform e-business. Given the increasing numbers of IT e-business systems and the heterogeneous nature of automated trading communities, integration is a critical success factor to realizing a return on investment (ROI). Within that framework, WebSphere Business Integrator, including the Peregrine B2B component, offers process automation and integration, enabling businesses to connect for B2B relationship management.

"Our customers are operating in an increasingly competitive market where e-business integration is a critical function," said Rob Lamb, director, Business Process Management, IBM Software. "Working with Peregrine, we are offering our customers a new level of interoperability bringing them even greater value in their supply chain relationships."

IBM has been using Peregrine integration technology in its products for more than two years. In 1999, IBM started reselling Extricity B2B integration products, now part of Peregrine, as part of its B2B solution offering. This relationship evolved to an OEM agreement in 2000 whereby WebSphere Partner Agreement Manager product (PAM) was announced as an IBM product and has since been rolled out globally. IBM Global Services is building a practice around these solutions.

"Together, IBM and Peregrine are pioneering standard platforms for e-business integration upon which inter-company applications can be built," said Peregrine President of the E-Markets Group, Louis Blatt. "By raising the bar on integration, we are helping companies to realize the valued promise of e-business and its associated ROI."