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IBM Acquisition To Link Desktop Apps To Back End

IBM announced yesterday that it has acquired PlanetWorks LLC for software that will link desktop applications to back-office systems.

The fruit of the acquisition, IBM VisualAge Interspace, is the latest in a series of IBM "business integration" moves that build around IBM's back-end transaction servers and middleware. With Interspace, developers using standard development tools can build applications that connect to platforms such as IBM CICS Transaction Server for OS/390, IBM MQSeries, IBM WebSphere Application Server, and IBM VisualAge Generator server applications. The company says that will help desktop and E-business applications link to critical data contained in a company's back-office systems.

VisualAge Interspace will be available this week, priced at $2,495 per developer seat and $3,495 per processor for run-time applications.

In other news at IBM's CICS/MQSeries Technical Conference in Dallas, Extricity Inc. unveiled MQ Alliance, software that will link IBM's MQSeries products with Extricity's enterprise application integration software. Because Extricity deals with integration outside the enterprise boundary, the new product will help IBM shops link their back-end systems to those of their partners.

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