Integration Consortium Partners with Global WebSphere Community

Additional benefits for all members

London & New York, March 23rd, 2005 - The Integration Consortium (IC) today announced that it has joined forces with the Global WebSphere Community (GWC) in an agreement where both parties will work together to promote interaction between the WebSphere and IC member communities.

The Global WebSphere Community consists of a network of collaborative activities related to the use of the IBM WebSphere software family and related products. Through local based WebSphere User Groups (WUGs) throughout the world and a global on-line community, members are constantly endorsing, evaluating, leaning and communicating experiences, ideas as well as technical and business expertise - about WebSphere products, tools, and solutions to help solve business problems. This alliance between GWC and the IC has been created with the goal of more efficiently exchanging information on WebSphere and integration technologies activities and initiatives.

Ed Chatlos, Interim Chairman of the GWC Steering Committee comments: "The growth in the user base of the GWC has been phenomenal. Across every industry, business is more complex and unpredictable than ever before and companies demand a high level of IT efficiency and resilience in order to support the new "on demand" environments. The members of our user communities and the members of the IC have much in common and we hope we can facilitate a sharing of user experiences and extend the reach of the benefits in doing so to all those who struggle with the challenges of integrating their business and IT systems in a way that delivers real value."

Michael Kuhbock, Founder and Co Chairman of the IC adds: "The Integration Consortium Alliance Program is one that develops relationships with other organizations in order to broaden our presence in the global marketplace and foster collaboration between all of the industry thought leading organizations. By securing alliances with organizations such as the Global WebSphere Community, Integration Consortium members are made aware of the work other organizations are doing in the Integration space, but not necessarily within the IC. Likewise, other organization's members are introduced to the Integration Consortium community and the work our members are doing."

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