IBM and Vignette to expand alliance

IBM and Vignette on Thursday plan to expand a 10-month-old partnership that integrated Vignette's V/5 e-business applications with IBM's WebSphere platform.

Under terms of the new agreement, Vignette will make its content, integration, and analysis applications available on IBM's AIX and DB2 platforms, according to officials at Vignette. In addition, Vignette is optimizing support for J2EE (Java 2 Enterprise Edition) in its content management applications for IBM's WebSphere.

IBM said it will use Vignette's Content Management Server to manage content for many of its partner and developer sites.

The two companies will jointly extend their combined solution to customers on the AIX platform beginning in the third quarter, according to Vignette officials.

The original alliance, formed in August of last year, was designed to give IBM and Vignette customers in the retail and financial industries the applications and infrastructure needed to handle high-volume e-business transactions and online relationship management.

Since then the companies have reeled in more than 25 joint customers, including New York Life, Bank of Montreal, Fidelity Investments, and UBS PaineWebber.

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