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Automating Business Logic for Web Services

  • August 29, 2001
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Versata Inc. (Nasdaq: VATA), a provider of software and services that automate the business logic and processes that power enterprise and e-business applications, yesterday launched the beta testing phase of it's new toolkit for Web Services and Extensible Markup Language (XML). The new toolkit will aid organizations in extending the Versata Logic Suite's powerful business logic development and management capabilities to create, consume, and coordinate Web Services. This provides a new way for companies to do business across the Internet with business partners as well as within their own enterprise to integrate operations.

"The industry has been focusing its attention on technologies that primarily enable systems for Web Services," said Manish Chandra, vice president of worldwide marketing, Versata. "However, the challenging task of creating business logic for Web Services has been an unsolved problem until now. We believe Versata is delivering the first products aimed at automating the creation and management of business logic for Web Services. Enterprises will be able to efficiently deliver Web Services using industry standard technologies such as the IBM WebSphere* platform."

Versata's new toolkit for Web Services and XML will make it possible for Versata customers to deliver dynamic business applications utilizing Web Services as the building blocks. Driven from business rules, Versata will enable enterprises to create business components and expose them as transactional Web Services, consume Web Services and integrate them into their business applications. Versata will help enterprises centralize their business logic and then leverage it from multiple points of access. A typical business operation exposed as a Web Service could simultaneously be used for customer service, billing, mobile self-service and accounting systems. The same business logic executes consistently across these multiple systems ensuring high integrity and efficiency.

"Web Services are fundamentally about business process integration, syndication, leveraging and extending existing business systems," said Scott Hebner, director, WebSphere Application Server Software and Tools, IBM. "Versata's approach enables and extends their products using the powerful capabilities of IBM WebSphere software for Web Services. Versata's powerful ability is to define business logic with business rules and then executed them on the industry's leading e-business infrastructure platform. IBM WebSphere delivers high value to customers developing Web Services."

The new toolkit will leverage IBM's Web Services Toolkit, enabled with WebSphere Application Server 4.0 and WebSphere Studio Version 4, to deliver Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP), enabled with Web Services. This integration will allow customers to use Versata for the business logic and the IBM Web Services Toolkit to extend these business logic components as Web Services -- all targeted to run within WebSphere Application Server software.

The new toolkit will also help existing Versata customers enable their applications as both business services and Web services within their enterprises. This will allow for broader integration of their applications, both internally and externally. The new Versata toolkit will also be targeted to IBM WebSphere customers that are pursuing both Java 2, Enterprise Edition (J2EE) and Web Services development The Versata Web Services/XML toolkit helps extend the usage of IBM WebSphere into large, well-architected systems that involve creation of business services within an enterprise.

Availability

Versata expects the new toolkit to be generally available in the fourth quarter of 2001.

About IBM's WebSphere Software

WebSphere is Internet infrastructure software -- known as middleware -- that enables companies to develop, deploy and integrate next-generation e-business applications, such as those for business-to-business e-commerce. WebSphere supports business applications from simple Web publishing through enterprise-scale transaction processing. WebSphere transforms the way businesses manage customer, partner and employee relationships. More information about the WebSphere software platform is on the Web at www.versata.com.

Versata and the Versata logo are trademarks of Versata, Inc. All other products or company names mentioned are used for identification purposes only, and may be trademarks of their respective owners. * Indicates trademark or registered trademark of International Business Machines Corporation. All other products or company names mentioned are used for identification purposes only, and may be trademarks of their respective owners.

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