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webMethods Picks Plumtree Corporate Portal

Plumtree Software Monday licensed its portal software to webMethods, who wants to boost to its B2B integration services.

The Plumtree-powered mywebMethods.com will be offered to offices in the U.S. States, Europe and Asia Pacific. The portal is actually a kind of potluck dinner whipped up with the help of a few e-business capabilities: webMethods' Siebel Systems customer relationship management system and its Open Text Livelink knowledge management system are integrated into mywebMethods.com as suites of Plumtree Portal Gadgets™.

Employees now may choose from more than 75 applications and services they need to do their jobs in a single shot, allowing webMethods to orient new users to the business and mobilize the entire company for rapid growth.

Many of the gadgets came ready with the Plumtree Corporate Portal, and others webMethods developed using Plumtree's Gadget Development Kit. Plumtree's integration with Siebel, which has already resulted in the creation of over 30 gadgets, allows webMethods to deliver key services from its Siebel system to all its employees. The gadgets are akin in appearance to sports scoreboards or stock portfolios in consumer portals.

But what makes Plumtree's approach interesting is that its customers benefit from the strengths of Plumtree's gadget partners. Hundreds of gadgets have been developed by Plumtree and said partners, adding applications from IBM Corp. and Microsoft Corp., among others.

Plumtree's distributed administration scheme speeds the addition of new users, whose portal preferences are created according to their roles within the company-such as sales, marketing or customer service. Data employees need for their particular jobs begins to funnel to their desktop when they request the portal.

"webMethods' employee base has tripled in just a matter of months and it's critical to get new employees productive as quickly as possible," said Scott Herman, director of Knowledge Management at webMethods. "Plumtree is helping webMethods deliver a 'one-stop shopping' portal experience for all our employees that's easy to use and can scale..."

webMethods joins Plumtree's litany of more than 40 partners, including Compaq Computer Corp. To its own end, webMethods keeps such strategic company with e-commerce heavyweights Ariba and Commerce One.