IBM adds features to WebSphere tools

IBM is enhancing its line of WebSphere middleware monitoring and modeling tools with changes that it said will help customers see what's going on with their business processes and make them run more efficiently.

The company Monday announced WebSphere Business Integration Modeler and WebSphere Business Integration Monitor Version 4.2.4. Among the improvements will be tighter integration with the WebSphere Business Integration Message Broker, which is intended to let customers monitor and model message flows. There will also be tighter integration with software from Rational Software, IBM's development tools subsidiary, enabling users to create business models and export them for implementation in Rational Rose and Rational XE. Users will also be able to create customizable monitor interfaces in the WebSphere Portal, said IBM.

The company also plans to introduce a WebSphere Business Integration WorkBench entry edition to provide basic modeling and simulation capabilities that it claimed will be easy to use.

According to IBM, these tools can help manufacturers watch and optimize their supply chain processes. "Managers that can model and monitor their business conditions have a greater ability to make proactive decisions and quickly incorporate business processes and IT resource changes that help them reduce costs and meet regulatory requirements," Paraic Sweeney, vice president of marketing, WebSphere Business Integration, said in a statement.

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