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webMethods B2B 2.1 for XML-Based Business-to-Business E-Commerce

webMethods Announces webMethods B2B 2.1 for XML-Based Business-to-Business E-Commerce

Offers Guaranteed Delivery and Enhanced Performance for High-Volume B2B Applications. Support Included for OAGIS XML DTDs

SAN DIEGO, California. March 23, 1999.

GartnerGroup's Spring Symposium/ITxpo 99.

webMethods, Inc., the leading provider of cross-platform XML solutions for business-to-business e-commerce and integration, today announced availability of webMethods B2B(TM) 2.1, a significantly enhanced version of the company's XML-based solution that facilitates inter-enterprise integration between ERP applications, Web sites and legacy data sources. webMethods B2B 2.1 offers guaranteed delivery and enhanced continuous operation capabilities to support high-volume, mission-critical applications. In addition, webMethods B2B 2.1 includes support for Document Type Definitions (DTDs) developed by Open Applications Group (OAG) to provide XML-based interoperability APIs for financial, human resources, manufacturing, logistics, and supply chain management systems.

"We've delivered advanced guaranteed delivery capabilities and enhanced performance with webMethods B2B 2.1 to provide the industry's most robust, scalable and secure solution for inter-enterprise integration," says Phillip Merrick, President and CEO of webMethods, Inc. "These new features are essential for any business looking to integrate its enterprise applications and business processes with those of its customers, partners and suppliers over the Internet."

webMethods B2B is first to market with the ability to enable inter- enterprise application integration based on XML and other standard Internet protocols. Companies can extend their applications beyond the corporate firewall and integrate with the ERP systems, legacy applications, databases and Web sites of their key trading partners. With webMethods B2B, the benefits of tight yet flexible integration within the extended enterprise can be delivered rapidly and without the need to resort to proprietary technologies.

Guaranteed Delivery of XML Documents and Messages

webMethods B2B 2.1 features an advanced guaranteed delivery mechanism, to ensure complete integrity of every transaction initiated via webMethods B2B. Additionally, with recoverable queue and audit trail capabilities, webMethods B2B provides for bulletproof delivery of XML documents and messages transmitted over the Internet. And since the underlying protocol is based on standard HTTP, the solution can be readily implemented without modification to corporate firewalls. webMethods B2B also provides advanced security features such as built-in Access Control Lists, embedded Secure Socket Layer (SSL) and RSA cryptosystem support for data encryption, together with support for X.509 digital certificates.

Enhanced Performance for Inter-Enterprise Deployment

webMethods B2B 2.1 also includes significant performance enhancements for even greater support of high-volume, mission-critical B2B applications. webMethods B2B is built on a unique multi-server, multi-threaded architecture designed for optimized performance; webMethods B2B 2.1 provides further optimizations, especially for transfer of XML documents that must be sent in an encrypted format.

OAGIS DTDs Incorporated Into webMethods B2B

webMethods is committed to supporting all major industry initiatives to develop standard XML vocabularies for business-to-business data exchange, including RosettaNet, Commerce XML (cXML), Information & Content Exchange (ICE) and Open Buying on the Internet (OBI). webMethods B2B 2.1 is delivered with Document Type Definitions (DTDs) developed by OAG, a non-profit industry consortium comprised of prominent enterprise application and e-commerce vendors, to provide XML-based interoperability APIs for financial, human resources, manufacturing, logistics, and supply chain management systems. Together with webMethods B2B, the OAGIS DTDs enable easy and cost-effective integration of key business applications for enterprise and supply chain functions for end-user organizations. webMethods is including the OAGIS DTDs in its products to encourage the use of standard XML vocabularies. Future releases of webMethods B2B will include XML DTDs currently under development by other industry standards bodies. webMethods B2B provides the secure, scalable and robust service-based infrastructure needed to leverage XML vocabularies for the purpose of binding business processes together over the Internet.

Support and Compatibility

webMethods B2B is available for all platforms that support Java, including Microsoft Windows NT, Sun Microsystems Solaris, Linux, Hewlett Packard HP-UX, Compaq Unix, and IBM AIX and AS/400. The product integrates with DBMS products such as Oracle, Informix, Microsoft SQL Server; Web server products from Microsoft and Netscape; and ERP applications from SAP, Baan, Oracle, PeopleSoft and J.D. Edwards.

Pricing and Availability

Pricing for webMethods B2B begins at $74,995. webMethods B2B 2.1 is now shipping.

About webMethods

Named one of Red Herring's 1998 Top 50 Privately Held Companies, webMethods is the leading vendor of cross-platform XML solutions for business- to-business e-commerce and integration. webMethods B2B products enable corporations to use the open standards of the Web for inter-enterprise 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. webMethods' award-winning products are in use at leading companies including DHL Airways, Hewlett-Packard, Dun and Bradstreet, Cisco Systems, 3Com, Orbital Sciences Corporation and Dresdner Kleinwort Benson.

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

For more information, contact webMethods Inc., 3975 University Drive, Suite 390, Fairfax, VA 22030. Phone: 703/352-8501; Fax: 703/352-0370; Email:; Web:

webMethods and webMethods B2B are trademarks of webMethods, Inc. All other company and product names are property of their respective owners.

SOURCE: webMethods, Inc.

Prepared by Robin Cover for the The SGML/XML Web Page archive.

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