IBM Banks on Integration for Recent Middleware Release

Loraine Lawson

Social collaboration? Check.


Managing APIs? Check.


Mobile support? Check.


Integration with other hot enterprise solutions? You betcha.


IBM's new WebSphere Application Server (WAS) release made news last week, not so much for its own innovation, as for its integration to other IBM products, such as:


  • Business Process Manager, which includes governance and mobile features
  • Operational Decision Management, which includes the social networking interface
  • WebSphere Cast Iron Live Web Application Programming Interface (API) Services, which allows you to create open APIs
  • Other integration offerings to help businesses connect apps to content

Word is, this offering gives IBM two things: A way to compete with Apache Tomcat, and give IT leaders an easy way to fulfill several goals with one check, and one throat to choke (good luck doing that with IBM).


"Many of the companies don't want to cobble together multiple solutions from multiple vendors to solve their problems," wrote Josette Rigsby of CMS Wire. "This is IBM's sweet spot - letting tech leaders write a check and walk away."


IBM unveiled the package at its Impact 2012 conference in Las Vegas, along with a case study on Ottawa Hospital, which used the system to improve patient care and "flow." IBM focused on how the stack helped make work processes for patients more mobile and social by, for instance, allowing an attending physician to ping a primary care physician to ask a question.


And since it was IBM's conference and it can boast if it wants to, the company also pointed out its middleware ranked 16 percent faster than any other vendor's middleware on equivalent hardware in recent industry-standard benchmarks.

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