webMethods Updates Fabric

Version 6.5 offers features designed to accelerate the delivery of business applications to the business; focus on business process productivity

Version 6.5 offers features designed to accelerate the delivery of business applications to the business; focus on business process productivity

Los Angeles, CA — April 22, 2005 — B2B integration specialist webMethods has rolled out a new version of its integrated product suite intended to improve corporate performance through increased business process productivity.

Version 6.5 of webMethods Fabric offers several features designed to accelerate the delivery of business applications to the business, as well as delivering technology to enable real-time visibility and predictability into the business processes of an enterprise.

"Companies today are looking for more effective ways to close the gap between business requirements and IT execution," said David Mitchell, president and CEO of webMethods. "They recognize the need for an alternative to custom software development and monolithic off-the-shelf packages. These traditional approaches simply don't deliver for the business fast enough."

Mitchell said that his company introduced webMethods Fabric last October as a new kind of platform for leveraging existing IT investments to integrate, assemble and optimize mission-critical business processes. webMethods said that Fabric 6.5 accelerates the delivery of these applications, and the intelligence that is built into the system provides organizations with the ability to know what is happening in their business now and to predict what is coming next.

webMethods said that Fabric incorporates all the functionality required to deliver on the promise of "business process productivity." Built on a platform of standards and a service-oriented architecture (SOA), Fabric provides a unified solution that allows companies to increase efficiency by integrating business processes and applications, and by connecting with trading partners, while at the same time creating an inventory of reusable assets from their existing systems to accelerate subsequent initiatives, the solution provider said.

The solution can also deliver increased agility by enabling the rapid assembly of new business processes or modifications to existing processes to support the business as it changes. This ability includes the creation of user-centric composite applications that allow end users to participate productively in the changed business processes, webMethods said.

In addition, by providing real-time information about key business performance indicators along with the intelligence required to optimize business processes and react quickly in response to changes in business activity levels, the solution can also help companies increase control over their operations, according to the solution provider.

webMethods Fabric 6.5 includes the following new features and enhancements:

  • Analyst mode. Version 6.5 allows business analysts to specify and design business processes. Non-technical users also can play a role in the development of new solutions.

  • Rapid assembly. The solution offers drag-and-drop assembly of new applications and processes, allowing business solutions to be delivered faster. Codeless environment means less programming and testing, webMethods said.

  • Iterative improvement. The integrated business performance management environment allows key performance indicators and metrics to be associated with business processes. The feedback that is built into business processes allows decision makers to make iterative improvements to the company's operations, webMethods said.

  • Predictive monitoring. This technology automates the monitoring of business process activity. Exceptions can be anticipated by comparing current activity to historical patterns, enabling users to be proactively alerted to potential issues so they can respond more quickly.

  • "My webMethods." This feature offers A configurable, task-based user interface that makes business and operational metrics available according to the user's role (business or IT). Users have the potential to be more productive by having the right information at the right time in one place.

  • Enterprise SOA framework. The updated Web services management and brokering capabilities, along with predictive quality-of-service monitoring, can help companies deploy Web services-based solutions on an enterprise scale.
webMethods Fabric 6.5 will be generally available in the summer of 2005. Existing customers will be able to upgrade the components of webMethods Fabric included in their maintenance agreements. webMethods Fabric is available to new customers on a project-based pricing model.

Additional Articles of Interest

For more information on solutions for business process management, see "BPM Rising," the Net Best Thing column in the October/November 2002 issue ofiSource Business (now Supply & Demand Chain Executive) magazine.

As technology's benefits hit the wall, one provider believes business process management can boost competitiveness. Read the SDCExec.com article Finding Adaptability in BPM for more on this topic.