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webMethods Brings Real-Time Process Monitoring to SAP Applications.

New Solution Helps SAP Customers Improve Business Process Performance While Maximizing Return on SAP Investments

ORLANDO, Fla. -- webMethods, Inc. (Nasdaq:WEBM), a leading business integration and optimization software company, today introduced webMethods Optimize for SAP (Optimize for SAP), a new business activity monitoring (BAM) solution for Order-to-Cash and other SAP processes.

Optimize for SAP helps enterprises improve business process performance through the delivery of actionable, real-time insight into end-to-end business processes spanning both SAP and non-SAP systems. Enterprises can leverage this enhanced access to richer, real-time decision criteria to identify and rectify process issues before they impact performance, and to maximize process efficiency for long-term improvements. Optimize for SAP's pre-defined content for SAP's Order-to-Cash process helps improve order accuracy and timeliness, which is a key driver for corporate performance improvement.

According to a recent article1 by AMR Research, "Companies that can reach 80% or higher perfect order rates (and some which are closing in on 100%) are seeing direct results in profit margins, market share, and even earnings per share." The article goes on to state that improving order performance has resulted in revenue growth of up to 5% and a 25% improvement in customer retention.

Optimize for SAP integrates with SAP applications at the most granular business event level, enabling real-time monitoring of nearly any SAP-based business process, as well as the non-SAP systems that support these processes. This allows Optimize for SAP to deliver actionable insight that is richer and more comprehensive than offered by competing BAM products; more timely than the data offered by traditional business intelligence tools; and far broader than the perspective offered by SAP application reporting alone. By combining both SAP and non-SAP based performance data within an operationally-focused and highly dynamic reporting dashboard, process owners can more readily identify specific opportunities for process improvements and respond to process issues before they impact performance.

"Users have long sought better real-time monitoring and reporting for their SAP-based business processes. Unfortunately, this needed insight is too often trapped within the underlying SAP architecture and its inherent complexity," said Marc Breissinger, chief technology officer, webMethods, Inc. "webMethods Optimize for SAP builds upon our rich heritage of SAP integration and our best-in-class business activity monitoring technology to extend real-time performance monitoring to process data residing within and across SAP systems. With a better understanding of how their processes are operating, enterprises can run leaner, more quickly resolve discrepancies within orders, and more efficiently meet customer commitments."

Proven Technology Foundation

Optimize for SAP is based upon the latest release of webMethod's industry-leading business activity monitoring platform, webMethods Optimize for Process. This underlying scalability and functionality has helped global organizations rapidly improve their business operations. Specific benefits have included improvements in supply chain perfect order scores to over 99%, automated service-level agreement (SLA) enforcement for more than 50,000 transactions per hour, and increased capture rates through faster responses to customer inquiries.

Rapid Time-to-Value

Optimize for SAP offers pre-built connectivity to SAP as well as other leading enterprise applications, and embedded knowledge of the most common business processes. As a result, companies can begin almost immediately to monitor their SAP business processes more effectively. Additionally, pre-defined business content, such as business rules and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for the Order-to-Cash process, let business managers quickly identify areas for improvement.

Key Features:

* True real-time monitoring and reporting - Going beyond after-the-fact summaries of historical data, Optimize for SAP delivers real-time analysis of business process performance.

* Monitors the entire process - Optimize for SAP provides users with a process-centric view of their operations as it monitors the entire, end-to-end process encompassing multiple instances and versions of SAP and non-SAP applications.

* Conforms to your Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) - In addition to pre-defined, process-centric metrics, users can build their own KPI's to measure and monitor nearly any process criteria of interest.

* Understands normal behavior - Optimize for SAP dynamically creates performance baselines based on past performance, filtering out false positives while helping users focus in on real issues and exceptions.

* Alerts users to the need for corrective action - Predictive analytics automatically provide advance warning of the need to proactively intervene within defective processes and transactions.

* User-configured reporting dashboards - Customizable business dashboards enhance productivity by letting users tailor data output to their specific needs. Graphical reporting capabilities infuse BAM with BI for comprehensive process monitoring and reporting.

Product Availability

webMethods Optimize for SAP ships March 2007. Additional information is available by visiting www.webMethods.com/OptimizeforSAP.

1 Industrial Organizations: The Business Initiatives Behind the IT Spend Priorities (January 31, 2007) by Jane Barrett, AMR Research

About webMethods, Inc.

webMethods (Nasdaq:WEBM) provides business integration software to integrate, assemble and optimize available IT assets to drive business process productivity. webMethods delivers an innovative, enterprise-class business integration platform that incorporates proven integration technology with next generation capabilities into one interoperable set of tools that delivers a unique combination of efficiency, agility and control. webMethods combines industry leadership with a zealous commitment to customers to deliver tangible business value to more than 1,500 global customers. webMethods is headquartered in Fairfax, Va., with offices throughout the U.S., Europe, Asia Pacific and Japan. More information about the company can be found at www.webMethods.com.

The webMethods name and logo are registered trademarks of, and webMethods Fabric is a trademark of, webMethods, Inc. All other marks mentioned are trademarks or service marks of their respective companies.
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