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webMethods Announces webMethods Business Integrator to Accelerate Deployment of Integrated Business Processes.



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FAIRFAX, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 19, 2000

Unique Graphical Process Modeler Enables Customers to Design and

Implement Integration Processes Without Programming

webMethods, Inc. (Nasdaq: WEBM WEBM webMethods Inc. (stock abbreviation, AMEX) ), the leading provider of business-to-business integration (B2Bi) solutions, today announced webMethods Business Integrator, a process modeler that enables organizations to quickly implement or customize business integration processes and deploy them without programming.

webMethods Business Integrator is the process modeler for webMethods Enterprise, an integration platform for the rapid development and deployment of B2Bi solutions. A key component of any successful B2Bi strategy, this powerful software platform enables rapid, seamless integration of business processes and applications across the enterprise in real time.

"Business process modeling tools allow the people who define business rules to get more directly involved in the implementation," said Kimberly Knickle, REsearch Director, Integration Strategies at AMR (1) (Adaptive Multi-Rate) A variable rate speech codec selected by the 3GPP for the 3G evolution of the GSM cellphone system (WCDMA). Using the Algebraic CELP (ACELP) compression technology, AMR provides toll quality sound at transmission rates from 4.75 to 12.  Research. "The modeling tool helps close the gap between the technology and the business."

webMethods Business Integrator provides a graphical, drag-and-drop environment for quickly modeling integration processes including the transformation and flow of data with complete transactional integrity across multiple systems. Unlike other process modelers, webMethods Business Integrator automatically generates the necessary code for integration, eliminating time-consuming and expensive custom programming. Using webMethods Business Integrator, executives, business analysts and integration specialists can graphically view integration processes--without having to understand code or the underlying integration platform infrastructure--so they can easily see the steps and business logic involved with the integration process. This modeling allows organizations to confirm the process flow being implemented conforms to specific business needs.

"webMethods Business Integrator significantly enhances the position of webMethods as the most comprehensive solution for B2Bi," said Jim Green, CTO (Chief Technical Officer) The executive responsible for the technical direction of an organization. See CIO and salary survey.  and executive vice president of Product Development of webMethods, Inc. "This process modeler provides more than just highly graphical process representation, it provides graphical tools for designing, modifying and quickly implementing the processes they need to support new business initiatives or react rapidly to market changes."

Key Features of webMethods Business Integrator

webMethods Business Integrator is an advanced process modeler that enables enterprises to build and connect integration components visually. Key features of webMethods Business Integrator include:

--Graphical, drag-and-drop process design for easy viewing, use and modification of integration processes;

--Graphical, drag-and-drop mapping for fast data transformation definition. Custom transformation rules can also be added for easy extensibility to meet unique customer requirements;

--Complete integration with webMethods Application Transaction Coordinator (ATC ATC Air Traffic Control
ATC Average Total Cost
ATC Certified Athletic Trainer
ATC At the Center (Hartford, Maine retreat center)
ATC Applied Technology Council
ATC All Things Considered
), which ensures integration process transactional integrity. Models created within webMethods Business Integrator operate in the ATC-managed environment without any programming;

--Centralized creation and management of integration processes for easy development with distributed deployment for scalability.

Platform Support

Platform Support for webMethods Business Integrator includes: Windows NT 4, Windows 2000, Solaris 2.6-2.8 and HP-UX HP's version of Unix that runs on its 9000 family. It is based on SVID and incorporates features from BSD Unix along with several HP innovations.

(operating system) HP-UX - The version of Unix running on Hewlett-Packard workstations.
 11.0.

Pricing and Availability

webMethods Business Integrator is included with webMethods Enterprise and is available immediately. Pricing for webMethods Enterprise starts at $150,000.

webMethods Product Suite

webMethods provides a complete B2Bi solution that allows organizations to effectively realize their e-commerce strategies. The webMethods product family was designed to provide broad support for open standards and protocols, such as XML XML
 in full Extensible Markup Language.

Markup language developed to be a simplified and more structural version of SGML. It incorporates features of HTML (e.g., hypertext linking), but is designed to overcome some of HTML's limitations.
, RosettaNet, ebXML, FpML, cXML, xCBL, OBI, OAG OAG Office of the Attorney General
OAG Office of the Auditor General (of Canada)
OAG Official Airline Guide
OAG Open-Angle Glaucoma
OAG Open Application Group
OAG Operational Advisory Group
, ACORD ACORD Association for Cooperative Operations, Research and Development
ACORD Agency for Cooperation and Research in Development
ACORD Association de Coopération et de Recherche pour le Développement (French) 
, BizTalk framework and UDDI (Universal Description, Discovery and Integration) An industry initiative for a universal business registry (catalog) of Web services turned over to the stewardship of OASIS in 2002 as the version 3 specification of UDDI was released. . Through support of these standards, webMethods products provide seamless integration both within the enterprise and across the Internet to trading networks and B2B (Business to Business) Refers to one business communicating with or selling to another. See B2B e-commerce, B2C and B2G.

B2B - business to business
 marketplaces.

About webMethods, Inc.

webMethods, Inc. (Nasdaq: WEBM) is the leading provider of software solutions for business-to-business integration (B2Bi). As the only company providing seamless B2Bi across the Internet and throughout the extended enterprise, webMethods provides Global 2000 companies and B2B marketplaces with a complete, end-to-end solution for integrating customers, suppliers and partners into real-time B2B trading networks, while also increasing internal operational efficiencies. The webMethods product family allows companies to create new revenue opportunities, strengthen relationships with customers, substantially reduce supply chain inefficiencies and streamline internal business processes.

Founded in 1996, webMethods is based in Fairfax, Va., with offices across the U.S., Europe and Asia. With an emphasis on key vertical markets such as chemicals, financial services, high-tech manufacturing and telecommunications, webMethods has more than 425 customers worldwide--from Global 2000 leaders such as Citibank, Dell, Eastman Chemical Company Eastman Chemical Company is a United States based chemical company, engaged in the manufacture and sale of chemicals, plastics and fibers. Eastman has 16 manufacturing sites in 10 countries, supplying its products throughout the world. , Fidelity Investments, Grainger, Motorola and Starbucks to major B2B marketplaces like ChemConnect, e-STEEL and Ventro. webMethods' strategic partners include Ariba, Commerce One, Deloitte Consulting, EDS (Electronic Data Systems, Plano, TX, www.eds.com) Founded in 1962 by H. Ross Perot (independent candidate for the President of the U.S. in 1992), EDS is the largest outsourcing and data processing services organization in the country. , i2 Technologies, J.D. Edwards, KPMG KPMG Klynveld Peat Marwick Goerdeler (accounting firm)
KPMG Kaiser Permanente Medical Group
KPMG Keiner Prüft Mehr Genau (German)
KPMG Kommen Prüfen Meckern Gehen
, Microsoft, Oracle Corp., SAP AG and Siebel. More information about the company can be found at www.webMethods.com.

webMethods and webMethods B2B are trademarks of webMethods, Inc. All other company and product names are property of their respective owners.

This press release contains various remarks about the future expectations, plans and prospects of webMethods that constitute forward-looking statements for purposes of the safe harbor Safe Harbor

1. A legal provision to reduce or eliminate liability as long as good faith is demonstrated.

2. A form of shark repellent implemented by a target company acquiring a business that is so poorly regulated that the target itself is less attractive.
 provisions under The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (PSLRA) implemented several significant substantive changes affecting certain cases brought under the federal securities laws, including changes related to pleading, discovery, liability, class representation and awards fees and  of 1995. 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 in the Risk Factors section of webMethods' recent Registration Statement on Form S-4, the company's Form 10-K Form 10-K

A report required by the SEC from exchange-listed companies that provides for annual disclosure of certain financial information.


Form 10-K

See 10-K.
 for the year ended March 31, 2000 and Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2000, which are on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
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