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Hitachi, webMethods Sign Global Reseller Agreement

Integration software company webMethods, Inc. has signed a partnership agreement with Hitachi Ltd. to allow Hitachi Ltd. and Hitachi Systems & Services, Ltd. to provide integration solutions to the Hitachi Group, as well as other global Japanese companies headquartered in Japan. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Hitachi delivers a wide range of enterprise application integration (EAI) solutions, ranging from enterprise systems integration to complex legacy and mainframe systems integration. The Fairfax, Va.-based webMethods integration platform will provide Hitachi with a platform to link business processes, enterprise and legacy applications, databases, workflows and Web services, both within Japanese enterprises and across their supply chains.

The integration solutions will allow Hitachi's customers in the government, manufacturing, distribution, finance and e-business sectors to meet business requirements by implementing integration backbone technology.

"Hitachi Systems & Services is an experienced and innovative systems integration specialist with a strong influence on the global IT decisions made by Japanese companies," said Akimasa Koizumi, president of webMethods K.K., Japan. "We believe this agreement will create significant opportunity for webMethods and Hitachi to deliver proven integration solutions, meeting the complex, global integration requirements of Japanese businesses."

webMethods has more than 750 customers worldwide including Bank of America, Citibank, Dell, Eastman Chemical, The Ford Motor Company, Grainger, and Motorola. The company's strategic partners include Accenture, AMS, BMC Software, BroadVision, Cap Gemini Ernst & Young, Deloitte Consulting, EDS, Hewlett-Packard, i2 Technologies, J.D. Edwards, KPMG Consulting, Microsoft, Oracle Corp., SAP AG and Siebel Systems.