OXFORD and EGHAM, UK - June 28th, 2004 - webMethods, Inc. (Nasdaq: WEBM),the industry's first Web services infrastructure company, today announced that ACNielsen, the world's leading marketing information company, has
selected webMethods to support the growth of its Global Passport service.
ACNielsen's Global Passport service aims to improve product information in the entire management chain, from inside the manufacturer all the way through to the retailers and into the retailers' internal systems. ACNielsen selected webMethods to enable electronic communication between the Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) manufacturers and retailers using ACNielsen's Global Passport service. The webMethods integration solution will support ACNielsen in cleansing, enriching and validating product information, in order to bring this information up to the standards required by the various suppliers and retailers in the supply chain.
"The Global Passport is becoming the premier choice to help manufacturers and retailers rationalise and manage product information within their own organisations and with trading partners in the supply chain," said David Timberlake, vice president of Global Services, ACNielsen. "We want our
Global Passport clients to have the highest quality, industry standards compliant product information available. We selected webMethods based on its leadership in the Consumer Packaged Goods and Retail industry, proven
expertise in handling product information standards and demonstrated ability to effectively handle large numbers of trading partners and a large volume of transactions."
With a seamless information flow, ACNielsen can focus on helping companies with data alignment projects - helping to establish a single source of product information within an organisation in place of the duplicate product files that currently exist. The Global Passport will also continue to align data in the supply chain, helping trading partners to exchange high quality, industry standards compliant product information.
"webMethods enables ACNielsen to seamlessly communicate with Consumer Packaged Goods manufacturers, global or local data pools, as well as retailers," said Kareen Renaudin, general manager and vice president, Industry Solutions, webMethods, Inc. "webMethods' technology is able to
provide ACNielsen with the flexibility, scalability and the ease of deployment, to allow ACNielsen to rapidly integrate its global and local customers to the Global Passport platform, and efficiently manage the information flow to and from these customers."
About webMethods, Inc.
webMethods (Nasdaq: WEBM) is the industry's first Web services infrastructure company. webMethods' innovative integration, Web services, portal and analytic solutions enable more than 1,100 enterprise customers worldwide to run, measure and optimise their business. Recognised in 2003 as the fastest growing software company in North America by Deloitte, webMethods is headquartered in Fairfax, Va., with offices throughout the U.S., Europe, Asia Pacific and Japan.
ACNielsen, a VNU business, is the world's leading marketing information provider. Offering services in more than 100 countries, ACNielsen provides measurement and analysis of marketplace dynamics and consumer attitudes and
behaviour. Clients rely on ACNielsen's market research, proprietary products, analytical tools and professional service to understand competitive performance, to uncover new opportunities and to raise the profitability of their marketing and sales campaigns. webMethods is a registered trademark, and Global Business Visibility is a trademark, of webMethods, Inc. in the USA and certain other countries. All other company and product names are the property of their respective owners.
This press release may contain various remarks about the future expectations, plans and prospects of webMethods that constitute forward-looking statements for purposes of the safe harbor provisions of U.S. securities laws. The actual results of webMethods may differ materially from those indicated by these forward-looking statements as a result of
various important factors, including those discussed under the heading "Factors That May Affect Future Operating Results" in the Business section of webMethods' Form 10-K for the year ended March 31, 2003, and in the "Management's Discussion and Analysis" section of webMethods' Form 10-Q for the quarter ended December 31, 2003, which are on file with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and may be accessed at www.sec.gov or webMethods' investor relations web page at www.webmethods.com/About/Investors
<http://www.webmethods.com/About/Investors>. webMethods disclaims any obligation to update or correct any forward-looking statements made herein due to the occurrence of events after the issuance of this press release.
David Timberlake, VP for Global Services, ACNielsen, is available today, tomorrow and Wednesday for interview. If you'd like to speak to him, please call me on 0118 989 5600 to arrange an interview.
Jo Graves/Denis Davies/Susie Loughnane
for webMethods, Inc.
0118 989 5600
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