WebSphere Fitted with Tighter Integration

IBM Corp. last week made good on its promise to deliver tighter integration among its WebSphere-based series of applications and tools, announcing its WebSphere Extended Personalization suite.

The bundle is designed to help users and developers more easily build customized Web pages that present a more distinct look and feel to their Web sites and increase their chances of retaining users.

"We have always intended these products to work together, but with this bundle we are telling users that this is a more convenient way to develop and deploy e-business applications," said Ed Harbour, director of WebSphere product management, in Somers, N.Y.

The new bundle is a step along the course IBM is taking to tighten the integration of its WebSphere series of products, as well as to better collaborate among distributors, resellers, and Web and system integrators to evolve e-businesses, according to Harbour.

Anchored by the Advanced Edition of WebSphere Application Server, the suite includes WebSphere Personalization to help tailor content to each site visitor's interests; WebSphere Site Analyzer, which analyzes why users came to a site; and WebSphere Studio Edition, which allows users to create business rules and helps them with Web page design.

Available immediately, WebSphere Extended Personalization Version 1.0 works with IBM's AIX and OS/400 operating systems as well as Hewlett-Packard Co.'s HP-UX, Sun Microsystems Inc.' Solaris, and Microsoft Corp.'s Windows 2000 operating systems.

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