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.”

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