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Winholesale's Employee Portal Provides Role-Based Access to Key Financial Data with Bowstreet Portlet Factory.

TEWKSBURY, Mass. -- Leading Shared Services Provider Able to Reduce Costs and Development Downtime While Migrating to a J2EE Environment

Bowstreet(TM), a leading provider of development tools for adaptive J2EE applications, today announced that Winholesale Business Services, a division of Winholesale that provides IT and business services for corporations that wholesale and distribute durable goods, has selected Bowstreet Portlet Factory and IBM WebSphere Portal(a) to connect legacy data and provide role-based access to financial information.

Winholesale selected Bowstreet for its unique technology, which enables the development of portlets with minimal time and effort. With Bowstreet Portlet Factory, Winholesale is able to quickly develop portlets that tie into their back-end systems and provide role-based views into financial reports. Bowstreet Portlet Factory will provide Winholesale's executives with views into various dissections of financial data, allowing them to get a snapshot of the overall health of the organization, and drill down further to look at regions, territories and even individual companies if required.

"Winholesale's financial data resides on mainframe and AS/400 systems. WebSphere Portal and Bowstreet Portlet Factory will allow us to expose this data, with appropriate security, to our entire organization, including all of our wholesaling companies," said Jeff Dana, CIO, Winholesale. "This type of access to relevant applications and data will help our extended team work efficiently and meet their objectives."

Winholesale's IT staff is migrating to a J2EE environment. With Bowstreet Portlet Factory they are able to maintain portal productivity while developing J2EE and Java skills.

"Portals are an ideal way to present views into critical business data and improve operational efficiencies. Bowstreet allows companies, even those without J2EE experts on staff, to start reaping the benefits of their portals immediately with portlets designed to evolve and change as their needs do," said Steve Ricketts, VP of marketing, Bowstreet.

"Working with companies like Bowstreet to provide complementary solutions for IBM WebSphere software is part of our commitment to deliver leading-edge, e-business integration," stated Bill Swatling, IBM WebSphere portal product manager, IBM. "The industry continues to demand total solutions for building faster and better e-business applications. By arming Winholesale with an integrated solution, we are helping them leverage business-imperative data."

IBM's worldwide sales organization sells Bowstreet Portlet Factory in conjunction with WebSphere Portal.

About Winholesale

Winholesale is a collection of independent corporations that are wholesale distributors of plumbing supplies, industrial equipment, heating and cooling materials, electrical equipment, waterworks supplies, pumps, fasteners, and electronics.

About Bowstreet Portlet Factory for WebSphere

Bowstreet Portlet Factory for WebSphere greatly reduces the complexity of J2EE development. Developers are able to quickly and easily leverage their company's core assets to build applications as sets of adaptive portlets. Unlike portlets created with RAD or "clipping" tools, Bowstreet-powered portlets are dynamic, robust J2EE applications that adapt automatically to change, and can be further modified by business users in real time, to meet changing business requirements.

About Bowstreet

Bowstreet(TM) is the leading provider of development tools for the creation and maintenance of adaptive J2EE applications. With Bowstreet's award-winning automation framework and patented reusable software components, development teams can rapidly build adaptive portlets, web services, and J2EE web applications that stand-alone or integrate directly into an existing infrastructure. Unlike with traditional RAD tools, Bowstreet-built applications are inherently designed for maximum adaptability, allowing for the creation of multiple iterations from a single model without the need for costly reprogramming. The Bowstreet development framework is used by more than 65 companies, including Bureau Veritas, Cardinal Health System, Cisco, Crossrail, DuPont, Fidelity Information Services, GM, John Crane, Kroger, Northwestern Mutual, Sun Microsystems, UNICCO, and Wackenhut. Bowstreet is headquartered in Tewksbury, Massachusetts and has offices in Boston, New York, Chicago, San Francisco, and London.

Bowstreet is a trademark of Bowstreet, Inc. All other company names and product names may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies or owners.

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Date:Jul 27, 2004
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