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IBM, Vignette Enjoy Fruits of Strategic Alliance

Less than a year after the ink dried on their strategic alliance to serve the e-marketplace sector, partners Vignette Corp. and IBM Corp. Thursday revealed that they are currently hashing out solutions for more than 25 Fortune 1,000 customers.

Most of these include major financial firms such as New York Life, Bank of Montreal, Nationwide Retirement Solutions and UBS PaineWebber Inc. In fact, the pairing of Vignette's V/5 E-business applications with IBM's WebSphere e-business platform has proven to be so successful that IBM Thursday also said it has chosen Vignette applications to manage Web content for several of IBM's branded Web sites.

These Web sites -- IBM PartnerWorld, PartnerWorld for Developers, developerWorks and AlphaWorks -- receive more than 10 million page views per month, according to Big Blue. The sites will showcase Vignette and IBM technologies working together, including WebSphere Application Server, WebSphere Site Analyzer, WebSphere Studio and DB2Universal Database running on AIX on eServer pSeries.

Vignette is increasing its support for the Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE) standard in its content management and integration applications for IBM's WebSphere e-infrastructure software, including the WebSphere Application Server. Vignette's flagship software will be available on IBM's AIX platform and will support IBM DB2 version 7.X, popular among enterprise customers.

Both companies' commitment to Java is significant because many knowledgeable customers recognize that Java-powered applications are flexible, which proves cost effective in the long run because companies do not have to continuously shop for new software packages if they need to change something, manipulate code, etc.

Combined with WebSphere's JSP servlet engine technology and J2EE-compliant platform running on IBM AIX on the pSeries and xSeries eServers, new Vignette solutions will offer companies a foundation on which to build their online business needs. IBM and Vignette may offer companies e-business solutions that reduce deployment times and provide the desired infrastructure for each stage development.

"The alliance between IBM and Vignette has proven successful for both companies," said Bob Timpson, general manager for Developer Relations at IBM. "Vignette's support for IBM's WebSphere, DB2 and HTTP Server on AIX will allow us to serve a new range of customers and showcases the growing synergies between Vignette and IBM technology."