IBM preps WebSphere Commerce Business Edition

IBM Corp. detailed Tuesday features of its upcoming WebSphere Commerce Business Edition Version 5.1, a software tool for business-to-business e-commerce transactions.

The package handles such functions as order and inventory management, supply-chain management, real-time chat and collaboration, and customized invoicing. The software includes a series of templates for simplified implementation of various processes, and also supports a variety of industry standards for customization. Supported standards and architectures include HTML (Hypertext Markup Language), XML (Extensible Markup Language), Wireless Markup Language, and Enterprise JavaBeans.

WebSphere Commerce Business Edition's infrastructure is built on other IBM software products, including WebSphere Application Server and DB2 Universal Database, which come bundled in the package. The software also integrates with IBM's Lotus Software collaboration products, QuickPlace and Sametime, available separately.

An English-language developer's edition of WebSphere Commerce Business Edition will be available worldwide Nov. 30, according to IBM. Versions of the software for other languages are scheduled for release in 2002, the company said. The software supports translation of 10 languages, including German, French, Spanish, Japanese, Korean, and two Chinese dialects.

The package's list price is US$125,000 per processor, although volume discounts bring the price of an average four-processor implementation for a small to mid-size business down to around $350,000, IBM officials said.

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