IBM is aiming to bring Siebel's Employee Relationship Management (ERM) applications into its key WebSphere portal offering, the subject of several announcements made at IBM's DeveloperWorks Live event in San Francisco last week.
Siebel's ERM enables the tracking, delivery and management of individual job performance, online training and helpdesk activities. The new native Siebel portlets would enable IBM to offer compatibility with Siebel's dominant ERM software. Portlets enabling access to Siebel's CRM application are also under development, according to IBM.
The new Siebel portlets include Accounts, Projects, New Contracts and Expenses.
IBM has also added 14 software developer companies to its PartnerWorld Portal Provider group, expanding WebSphere access to news content, collaboration, and mobile workforce applications.
The new portlet suppliers include Cerith for collaboration tools; Conet for content management and Domino integration; MapInfo for location information and location-based services; PCAway for personal desktop and KeySoft Entellect for mobile workforce infrastructure.
At the show, IBM also unveiled the latest version of WebSphere. Version 5, due to start shipping in the third quarter of this year, will enable web services deployed internally to be securely extended to customers or trading partners, IBM said.
Other additions include new security features and the ability to build new applications that integrate with multiple back-end systems through the Java-based J2EE Connector Architecture.
IBM also announced the new WebSphere MQ Event Broker to allow businesses to publish information to specific subscribers according to their preferences.
The new WebSphere Business Integration Version 4.1 includes technology acquired from CrossWorlds Software and, said IBM, lets companies automate business processes that integrate multiple applications.
Also new was IBM's WebSphere Portal Version 4.1. This enables information to be displayed the same via Web services regardless of users' hardware or software platforms.
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