London, United Kingdom. â April 18, 2005 â webMethods Inc. (Nasdaq: WEBM), a leading business integration and optimization software company, today announced the latest release of webMethods Fabricâ¢, the first integrated product suite to improve corporate performance through increased business process productivity. webMethods Fabric 6.5 offers several industry-leading features to accelerate the delivery of business applications to the business, as well as delivering patent-pending technology to enable unprecedented 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. They recognise the need for an alternative to custom software development and monolithic off-the-shelf packages," said David Mitchell, president and CEO, webMethods, Inc. "These traditional approaches simply donât deliver for the business fast enough. We introduced webMethods Fabric last October as a new kind of platform for leveraging existing IT investments to integrate and optimize the business process. webMethods Fabric 6.5 dramatically accelerates the delivery of these applications, and the intelligence that is built into the system provides organisations with an unmatched ability to know what is happening in their business now and to predict what is coming next."
webMethods Fabric 6.5 allows, within a single unified user environment, a business analyst to design a business process model and assign the key performance indicators related to the process. The same model is used for the deployment of the process, enabling business and IT users to collaborate effectively and efficiently, and allowing intelligent process solutions to be delivered to the business more quickly. This capability extends webMethodsâ vision for revolutionising the way that companies integrate and assemble systems using Smart Servicesâ¢, standards-based components which can quickly be linked together into new business processes and applications, and Smart Processesâ¢, which inherit the ability to report business metrics that enable companies to optimize their operations in real-time.
"In our current solution we are already close to the customer to better understand buying habits so we can better serve them," said Peter van Kralingen, vice president of IT for Albert Heijn. "To take a step further in this area, and to optimize business processes, we needed a solution that is prepared for the future, is in line with our vision and can help us implement integrated solutions for our stores, distribution centres, suppliers and corporate systems. We knew from Albert Heijn's prior use that webMethods solutions can help us in that area. With all our stores set to migrate to webMethods over the next six months, we believe we'll have more relevant information at our fingertips than our competition, which will help us save money in our supply chain and improve service to our shoppers."
webMethods is the only major integration vendor to incorporate Web services management and monitoring in its core solution, enabling customers to realise the full benefit of an enterprise-scale SOA.
New Features and Benefits
webMethods Fabric 6.5 includes the following new features and enhancements:
Â· Analyst mode. Easy-to-use mode allows business analysts to specify and design business processes. Non-technical users can play a productive role in the development of new solutions.
Â· Rapid assembly. Drag-and-drop assembly of new applications and processes allows business solutions to be delivered faster. Codeless environment means less programming and testing.
Â· Iterative improvement. The integrated business performance management environment allows key performance indicators and metrics to be associated with business processes quickly and easily. The feedback that is built into business processes allows decision makers to make iterative improvements to the companyâs operations.
Â· Predictive monitoring. Patent-pending 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 quickly.
Â· "My webMethods". A configurable, task-based, user interface that makes business and operational metrics available according to the userâs role (business or IT). Users are more productive by having the right information at the right time in one place.
Â· Enterprise SOA framework. Enhanced Web services management and brokering capabilities, along with predictive quality-of-service monitoring, allow companies to deploy Web services-based solutions on an enterprise scale.