webMethods Named Premier SOA Solutions Provider 2005

The Integration Consortium's SOA Integration Showcase highlights benefits of using SOA-Based solutions to solve distinct, real-time business challenges.
The business integration and optimization software company webMethods Inc. today announced that it was recognized by the Integration Consortium (IC) as the winning recipient of their IC Integration Solution Provider Award for Excellence Premier Solution Provider of 2005 award, which was presented during the 2005 Global Integration Summit in Banff, Alberta, Canada. Produced in conjunction with the conference's SOA Integration Showcase, the awards program recognized webMethods' superior achievement in the real-time development and deployment of a customized business solution leveraging a Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) to best address a supply chain business integration scenario using web services.

"The challenge issued by the Integration Consortium to its members was clear-cut: determine, under real-world conditions in a real-time, live showcase, which solution provider could deliver the best SOA-based business integration solution," said Debbie Rosen, executive vice president, Worldwide Marketing, webMethods Inc. "Under these terms, being recognized by the voting and the judges as the best-of-the-best is a great honor and testament to our technology leadership. With its overall focus on dynamically addressing common business requirements, the competition also underscored the significant benefits in time-to-market and overall responsiveness that can be achieved by readily developing and deploying new applications using an SOA-based framework."

As a non-profit industry body chartered with advancing the state of business integration through the use, exchange and adoption of best practices, industry standards and research, the Integration Consortium has established the Global Integration Summit as the premier forum for bringing together key industry participants. The SOA Integration Showcase held during the conference challenged participating vendors to develop, within a 24-hour period, a complete solution using Web services to solve a unique business problem -- specifically, a supply chain scenario encompassing an end-to-end process for purchasing and reselling a product with an actual implementation of the proposed solution being demonstrated for conference attendees and judges for evaluation.

The results reflected the scoring of the competition's judges as well as the registered balloting of conference attendees, with both opinions weighing equally. In addition to the strength of its underlying architecture, webMethods' entry was also set apart by its active use of Business Activity Monitoring, which users could leverage through a highly-intuitive interface to more instinctively and completely address the core business requirements presented in the exercise.

"The purpose of the SOA Integration Solution Showcase was to not only highlight the 'prime-time' readiness of Service-Oriented Architectures, but to also reinforce the significant business benefits that they are delivering, including lower development costs, better utilization of both professional and IT resources, and enhanced abilities to more dynamically respond to marketplace changes," commented Kuhbock. "All entrants completed the scenario with their demonstrations underscoring the overall adaptability and flexibility that SOA-based solutions deliver under a variety of circumstances. In the final judging, one vendor did stand out and webMethods should be congratulated for its stellar achievement."

Other companies participating in the competition included 5 X 5 Software, Fiorano, Grand Central Communications, iWay, Polar Lake, Software AG, and Sonic Software. Additional information on the competition is available at