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webMethods Supports Commerce XML

webMethods Announces Support for cXML Standard for Business-to-Business E-Commerce

Leveraging Industry Standards to Ensure Open Trading Communities

SANTA CLARA, California. March 03, 1999.

webMethods Inc., the leading provider of XML-based business-to-business e-commerce and integration solutions, today announced that it will support Commerce XML (cXML), an open XML-based standard created to facilitate e-commerce within trading communities.

webMethods is among 40 leading companies that have joined Ariba Technologies in the development of cXML, a suite of lightweight XML Document Type Definitions (DTDs) and their associated processes that define the exchange of catalog content and transaction information between buyers and suppliers.

"We are excited about collaborating with Ariba and other partners on cXML," said Phillip Merrick, president and chief executive officer of webMethods Inc. "webMethods is committed to eliminating barriers to e-commerce through the promotion of standard document types and the development of open, interoperable trading networks."

webMethods will integrate support for cXML into its webMethods B2B product, which enables companies to achieve inter-enterprise application integration over the Internet with their customers, partners and suppliers. In addition, webMethods will extend its integration capabilities to the Global 2000 organizations that have deployed, or need to integrate with, the enterprise-class Ariba Operating Resource Management System (Ariba ORMS). Ariba ORMS is used by organizations that spend an aggregate total of more than $67 billion annually on operating resources.

"webMethods is a leader in the application of XML to business-to-business e-commerce," said Keith Krach, president and chief executive officer of Ariba Technologies. "We are pleased that they are bringing this experience to the cXML initiative."

Ensuring Interoperability Within Trading Communities

webMethods B2B is unique in its ability to interface with, consume and translate XML documents conforming to different XML DTD sets, providing a truly flexible architecture for business-to-business application integration over the Internet. As various XML-based standards emerge, webMethods B2B ensures the development of open trading communities across multiple industries via support of all major XML e-commerce initiatives and standards, including RosettaNet, cXML, Information & Content Exchange (ICE), and Open Buying on the Internet (OBI). webMethods B2B provides companies with a secure, scalable and interoperable infrastructure that links their business processes with those of their key business partners.

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 and Dresdner Kleinwort Benson, and work with Web server, database and ERP application products from vendors such as Microsoft, Netscape, Oracle, Sybase, Informix, SAP, PeopleSoft, J.D. Edwards, and Baan . Founded in 1996, venture-backed webMethods Inc. is based in Fairfax, Va., with offices in San Francisco. 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.


webMethods Inc.
Caren DeWitt
Tel: +1 703/352-0851


Cooper/Iverson Marketing
Stella Vanderpool
Tel: +1 619/220-8555

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

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