Covisint taps webMethods

Covisint has selected b-to-b (business-to-business) middleware vendor webMethods to provide the integration framework for the automotive b-to-b exchange and integration platform for its customers.

Under the terms of the agreement unveiled Monday by Covisint, webMethods is providing software licensing and professional services to Covisint, and its integration platform will connect Covisint's primary suite of applications for product development, procurement, and supply-chain management.

The integration platform is designed to provide ease of use to Covisint customers to allow them to swiftly move from one application to another once they are logged into Covisint, according to company officials. In addition, Covisint customers will be offered the webMethods integration platform to support their connection to the exchange.

Covisint helps its customers create operational efficiencies by offering powerful and feature-rich tools they cannot acquire anywhere else, and webMethods provides the integration solutions for those tools, said Kevin Vasconi, Covisint's CTO.

Covisint's strengths are its breadth of applications and tools designed specifically for the automotive industry, said David Mitchell, president and chief operating officer.

The challenge is providing customers with seamless integration among the best-of-breed technologies those tools are based on, so each can be used easily and effectively, Mitchell added.

Covisint is an e-business exchange designed to provide the automotive industry with collaborative product development, electronic procurement, and supply-chain tools that give its customers the ability to reduce costs and bring efficiencies to their business operations. It was developed by DaimlerChrysler, Ford Motor, General Motors, Nissan Motor, Renault, Commerce One, and Oracle.

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