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What is WebSphere?
WebSphere is a software platform that
enables all departments to extend business processes to the web, to grow as
a business and to differentiate from competitors by allowing a high degree
of customization in developing electronic business fronts. The focus is on
speed to market, solving E-business skills problems and being able to change
quickly in response to the market.
The WebSphere software platform has
three main components: Foundation, Foundation Services and Application
Services. Foundation consists of web application servers and transaction
servers. Foundation Services consists of development, website and IT
services. Application Services consists of collaboration, e-commerce and B2B
functions. A fourth component, Partner Applications, involves partnerships
with companies in the E-business arena.
What does it do?
Features and Benefits
Modular implementation enables
companies to build on existing business processes and to "Webify"
processes without disrupting them, at the same time providing security,
reliability and scalability. MQSeries, supporting 35 platforms, supports
WebSphere software platform:
- Provides a high degree of customization
- Shortens development time and the need for skill
resources is diminished
- Addresses skills shortage by providing tools that
- Increases time to market for web initiatives
The Foundation of IBM WebSphere Software Platform,
Application Servers, extends back-end data and applications to the Web, and
is available in three editions: Standard, Advanced and Enterprise.
- Java Servlets
- JavaServer Pages
- Javabeans (EJB) Components Server
Enables companies to
extend existing IT systems and create a consistent computing environment.
Foundation Services consists of Development Services, Website Services,
and IT Services.
- Development Services - Provides Rapid Application Development
technologies, including WebSphere Studio, VisualAge Tools and
E-Components. Provides wizards and templates to facilitate development
without requiring in-depth development expertise
- Website Services - Enables Web Development, customization and analysis
tools, including XML server tools such as XML parser, Voice XML for Direct
Talk. WebSphere Everyplace Suite allows interface with wireless and
- IT Services - Provides management, data and integration support
and includes WebSphere Performance Pack and MQSeries Integrator
The fourth component of WebSphere software platform,
Partner Applications, helps to differentiate an e-business to lead in the
marketplace. IBM has more than 20 000 business partners to help customize
What platforms does it support?
Supports major hardware and
operating systems, including:
- IBM AIX ®
- Red Hat Linux
- Novell NetWare
- IBM OS/2 ®
- IBM OS/390 ®
- IBM OS/400 ®
- Sun Solaris
- Microsoft ® Windows NT ® and Windows 2000."
What devices does it support?
WebSphere interfaces with all web-enabled
technologies. Part of Website Services, WebSphere Everyplace Suite delivers
PC-based applications to devices such as wireless handsets.
Who are the clients?
WebSphere is an award winning software solution.
Clients of IBM Websphere include brick and mortar companies like Mazda and
JP Morgan and web-based companies such as Liquidprice.com. Other clients
include American Express, Vodafone and MCI Worldcom.