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Partnership Creates a Cost-Effective Business Process Integration Solution for Connecting to a Wide Range of Packaged Applications


London, UK – 7 June 2002 – Metaserver, Inc., developer of best-of-breed Business Process Integration (BPI) software, and iWay Software, an Information Builders company that accelerates business integration, today announced a technology and OEM partnership agreement. As a partner Metaserver will bundle iWay’s connector technology into its BPI solution. The combination of Metaserver and iWay technologies creates a powerful cost-effective business integration platform that allows customers to exploit their IT investments to achieve business objectives at Internet speed.


The companies plan to work together to offer expanded connectivity capabilities for packaged applications such as CRM, ERP and SCM through iWay’s extensive library of adapters, coupled with Metaserver’s robust business process engine and modelling environment. Through the partnership, Metaserver’s customers will have the ability to integrate 120 different application and data services into their business processes.


“This agreement allows our customers to gain immediate and seamless connectivity to leading packaged applications and leverage them within the context of their existing business processes,” said Metaserver’s Director of Business Development, John Hopkins. “We’re excited about how this partnership enhances our BPI solution and offers IT managers a faster and less expensive way of integrating their applications.”


iWay adapters support several interaction mechanisms, including SQL and XML-based variants. Metaserver uses SQL to interact with iWay’s adapters for database systems, while XML is used for packaged applications. Additionally, Metaserver supports connectivity to a wide range of whole applications and data using industry standard interfaces such as JDBC, JMS, EJB, COM and Web Services. These mechanisms provide a robust means to interact with the iWay server.


“Metaserver has very good technology for high-performance computing systems, which distinguishes it from other Business Process Integration solutions,” said Jim Irving, UK Managing Director of Information Builders. “But in order to integrate business processes, BPI systems require connections to all of the production systems that are a normal part of those processes. Metaserver already had all of the basic connections, and iWay Software can provide a reusable and highly scalable set of plug-and-play adapters that take care of the rest.”


“Business process integration is poised to revolutionise the way companies automate their business processes,” said Michele Rosen, Programme Manager for Business Process Automation and Deployment Software at IDC. “Solutions that offer intelligent, easy-to-implement connectivity to a wide variety of systems as well as the ability to model, manage and monitor long-running business processes will enable companies to improve internal efficiency, customer service and return on investment.”


Metaserver targets the vertical industries of financial services, insurance and state and local government, though the Metaserver BPI solution can enhance business processes in any industry with disparate systems.


About Metaserver, Inc.


Metaserver, Inc. provides integration software solutions that enable companies to automate and manage business processes within the enterprise and across the Internet. Metaserver’s best-of-breed Business Process Integration (BPI) software sets new standards for rapid value delivery and low implementation risk with a fully productised integration solution. The company’s solution enables customers to reduce costs, accelerate business processes, and achieve agility with a reusable infrastructure that supports enterprise portals, customer relationship management (CRM) systems, and supply chain management applications. Metaserver, Inc. based in New Haven, CT., can be reached at (877) 789-8090 or on the Web at


http://www.metaserver.com


About iWay Software


iWay Software, an Information Builders company, is a market leader in middleware that accelerates business integration. With facilities to integrate systems in real time, near-real time, or on a scheduled basis, iWay provides a complete reusable infrastructure for EAI, B2B, e-commerce, and mobile business. iWay’s experience with complex information systems led to the development of prepackaged Intelligent Adapters to connect to more than 200 packaged applications, transaction systems, legacy data, relational databases, and e-business formats, without writing custom code. iWay Software integration solutions significantly reduce the time, cost, effort, and risk of integration projects throughout the enterprise.

About Information Builders


Information Builders provides its customers with robust business intelligence, specialising in real-time information delivery over the Web. Headquartered in New York, Information Builders helps companies and government organisations improve their mission-critical operations by transforming data into usable information and delivering it to employees, managers, partners, and customers through the Internet. With the award-winning WebFOCUS solution, Information Builders delivers information for more than 11,000 global customer sites, including most of the Fortune 100 and all U.S. federal government agencies. The company employs 1,900 people worldwide and generated revenues exceeding 0 million in 2001.

Press Contact:

Sonia Panchal/Magdalen Bush
Citigate Communications
Tel: 020 7535 9954/55
Fax: 020 7535 9998
email:sonia.panchal@citigatec.co.uk


Donna Land
Information Builders
Tel: 020 8982 4700
email:donna_land@ibi.com


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