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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), 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 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 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), 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 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, RosettaNet, ebXML, FpML, cXML, xCBL, OBI, OAG, ACORD, BizTalk framework and UDDI. Through support of these standards, webMethods products provide seamless integration both within the enterprise and across the Internet to trading networks and B2B 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, 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, i2 Technologies, J.D. Edwards, KPMG, 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 provisions under The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act 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 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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