E-business integration provider webMethods has garnered widespread industry support for its technology to integrate applications and business processes.
Co-authored with Hewlett-Packard, the Open Management Interface (OMI) specification also has the backing of BMC, Computer Associates and Tivoli Systems.
According to webMethods, OMI is a framework, or backbone that provides a common interface allowing global IT companies to monitor business processes as well as their technology systems.
Jim Green, webMethods CTO, said the spec has been designed to combine systems management software with enterprise integration software, so that information can be identified and compiled from applications throughout the enterprise.
According to Green, the spec will be particularly useful in the integration of infrastructure management solutions.
Hewlett-Packard, which collaborated with webMethods on writing the spec, said it will allow applications such as HP OpenView to pull information from the systems they monitor and will help the OpenView portfolio to monitor the health of the technology systems.
Rick Hayes-Roth, CTO for software at HP, said: "Integration is a prerequisite for achieving global business visibility. Technology allows for the proliferation of data and pulling that information together can only be accomplished by connecting the applications and systems in which it resides."
HP and webMethods earlier this month announced a partnership that makes the webMethods integration platform a premier software product within HP. As part of the agreement the focus will be in the manufacturing and supply chain industries as well as those involving HP OpenView.
webMethods said it has about 700 customers worldwide including Ford, Motorola and Dell Computer. Its strategic partners include the likes of Oracle, Microsoft, SAP AG and Siebel Systems.
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