webMethods Strengthens Ties with Microsoft

webMethods Wednesday boosted its presence with .NET
developers after announcing an agreement in
Microsoft’s Visual Studio Industry Partner (VSIP) program.

As a premier partner in the program, the Fairfax, Va., infrastructure software
developer is now able to license and distribute Visual Studio (VS) software (though it doesn’t plan to), sponsor joint Microsoft studies, tap into the Redmond, Wash., company’s marketing machine and take part in partner promotions.

The expanded relationship with the company is due to a rise in the
number of developers using the Visual Studio platform to create Web services
tools using webMethods’ Integration Platform 6.1, released three months ago.

Andy Astor, vice president of strategic solutions at webMethods, wouldn’t say how many VS developers signed licensing deals in the half-year they’ve been
under Microsoft’s partner program, but claimed interest has been high and
translated into selling multiple licenses.

The ability to create tools Web services on any framework is becoming an
essential requirement in today’s enterprise IT departments. How the program is
created is secondary to when programmers can develop software that knits the
different applications on a network into an integrated whole.

The webMethods for Microsoft Package is an integration software product for VS
developers to build and access Web services code built on any platform, all from
the comforts of their VS framework. It’s an enticing way for graphics-dependent
Microsoft programmers to delve into other frameworks, such as Sun Microsystems’
Java platform.

“Developers in a Visual Studio .NET environment don’t want to have to transfer
their skills, learn new skills or access other platforms in difficult ways, they
just want to point-and-click and have their applications work,” Astor told

webMethods and Microsoft have worked together since 1997, when they worked with Redmond on the initial SOAP standard and then again in 1988 when they agreed to jointly
XML-based applications (which later became Web services applications).

Last year, the webMethods joined Microsoft, Sun and eight others on the WS-Integration Organization’s
board of directors.

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