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Last modified: November 25, 1998
Object Design and webMethods Announce Partnership

Object Design and webMethods Announce Strategic XML Partnership

CHICAGO, IL. November 17, 1998. From the XML '98 Show.

Object Design, Inc., a leading provider of enterprise and embedded data management solutions, today announced that the company has entered a strategic partnership with webMethods, Inc., leading provider of XML-based business-to-business e-commerce and integration solutions. This strategic partnership will enable companies everywhere to leverage the power of eXtensible Markup Language (XML) for business-critical applications. XML is a new universal data standard from the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).

Under the agreement, webMethods will integrate Object Design's ObjectStore. database management system with its webMethods B2B products to provide high-availability, continuous operation capabilities. Additionally, this integration provides webMethods B2B with a dynamic repository for the storage and maintenance of XML documents. webMethods B2B, comprising the B2B Integration Server and the B2B Developer, is an XML-based solution that facilitates inter-enterprise integration between ERP applications, Web sites and legacy data sources. webMethods B2B is first to market with its ability to enable secure and scalable inter-enterprise application integration based on XML and standard Internet protocols such as HTTP and SSL.

"We are pleased to partner with Object Design to embed high-performance data management capabilities into webMethods B2B," says Phillip Merrick, president and CEO of webMethods. "Together, our technologies offer the industry's most robust and reliable solution for business-to-business application integration between trading partners."

Separately, Object Design will resell webMethods B2B as a connectivity solution for the company's new eXcelon XML data server, which Object Design announced yesterday at the XML '98 show. eXcelon is a high-performance, highly scalable data server that caches, manages and serves all information to enterprise applications and Web servers as XML. eXcelon can be used as an application cache for existing data sources, or as a complete data management system for new XML-based applications.

"eXcelon and webMethods B2B are an excellent marriage of technology for any company seeking to deploy new enterprise XML applications," said Larry Alston, vice president of marketing for Object Design. "Object Design's partnership with webMethods will help usher in a new generation of data-driven XML enterprise and inter-enterprise Web applications."

About webMethods, Inc.

Named one of Red Herring's 1998 Top 50 Privately Held Companies, webMethods is the leading vendor of XML-based solutions for business-to- business integration. webMethods B2B products enable corporations to use the open standards of the Web for business-to-business e-commerce applications such as supply chain integration and automated procurement. webMethods delivers real business value to companies who want to leverage their investments in legacy, ERP and Web-hosted applications to link their business processes with those of their key business partners. With webMethods, companies can connect applications to applications, Web sites to Web sites, or business or desktop applications to existing Web sites. webMethods' award- winning products are in use at leading companies including DHL Airways, Hewlett-Packard, Ericsson, Cisco Systems, Discovery Communications, Dresdner Kleinwort Benson, and Security First.

Founded in 1996, venture-backed webMethods, Inc. is based in Fairfax, Virginia, with offices in San Francisco, California.

For more information, contact webMethods Inc.:

webMethods Inc.
3975 University Drive
Suite 390
Fairfax, VA 22030
Phone: +1 703/352-8501
Fax: +1 703/352-0370

About Object Design

Object Design, Inc. (, a leading provider of enterprise and embedded data management solutions, develops and markets the ObjectStore database management system and related tools, the ObjectStore PSE Pro line of small-footprint embedded databases, and the eXcelon XML data server. ObjectStore, with its unique Cache-Forward database architecture, is used by customers in a wide variety of industries to build and deploy component-based computing applications. The company backs its products with comprehensive training, services, and support. Headquartered in Burlington, Mass., Object Design sells and supports its products through branch offices across the U.S., international subsidiaries in the United Kingdom, Belgium, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Japan and Australia, and a worldwide network of distributors.

[NOTE: Object Design, the Object Design logo, ObjectStore, Leadership by Design, and Object Exchange are registered trademarks of Object Design, Inc. eXcelon and Cache-Forward are trademarks of Object Design, Inc. webMethods and webMethods B2B are trademarks of webMethods, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.]

[Note: See also the text of the announcement from ObjectDesign.]

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