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IBM's New WebSphere Process Server Gets Its First Business Rule Software

ILOG Offers First-Available Business Rule Software for New WebSphere Process Server

ILOG  today announced that it is the first Business Rule Management Systems (BRMS) software vendor to offer integration with the new IBM WebSphere Process Server version 6.0, announced just yesterday by IBM. The integration will enable business and technology managers in Global 2000 corporations to better manage their policy-intensive business processes, the company says.

A new connector developed by ILOG provides seamless integration between ILOG JRules, a key offering in ILOG's BRMS product line, and the recently announced IBM WebSphere Process Server 6.0. The combination of the IBM and ILOG products will empower business users to make policy changes themselves when creating and using comprehensive business process automation platforms, the company notes. 

ILOG worked closely with IBM for the technical integration based on a service-oriented architecture, which will enable business users to fully leverage the new set of process management features in the IBM WebSphere Process Server. Under the terms of the agreement, ILOG will also participate in co-marketing activities with IBM.

ILOG JRules complements IBM WebSphere Process Server 6.0 by automating complex business policies and supporting enterprise-wide and centralized business rule management. Business processes targeted by the solution include pricing, welfare administration, insurance claims processing, loan and insurance underwriting, promotions and loyalty management, among others. These processes are driven by rapidly-changing business rules that drive decision-making for eligibility, risk assessment, pricing, validation and scoring. As Gartner Vice President Jim Sinur recommended in a February 2005 report, Business Process Management Suites Will Be the Next Big Thing, "Organizations experiencing increased rule-coordination activities should consider BRMSs."

Business Rule Management Systems are essential to BPM applications because they ensure the highest levels of agility and customization for these applications. Using a BRMS, business policies can be managed separately from the rest of the application, eliminating the need to make policy changes to a BPM application through traditional software coding. The resulting solution provides for the continuous adjustment of processes in response to changing business conditions, and allows business users to maintain the application, lowering IT maintenance costs.

ILOG has consistently built on its history of product innovation to make ILOG JRules the industry's leading business rule software. For the third year in a row, ILOG has been named to the leader quadrant of Gartner's Magic Quadrant for Business Rule Engines, and ILOG has twice been named the BRMS market leader by IT research firm IDC. Customers of the award-winning ILOG JRules include CitiStreet, VSP, eBay, Zurich, MetLife, Sabre and many other leading Global 2000 companies and governments worldwide.

Currently, more than 50 Global 2000 organizations use ILOG's BRMS products in combination with a BPM solution. The company also offers more comprehensive technical integrations with BPM vendors, including industry leaders like IBM.

Today's announcement extends ILOG's relationship with IBM, which also includes ILOG JRules integration and related co-selling agreement for IBM WebSphere MQ Workflow products, and participation in IBM's business performance management initiative. In addition, ILOG has been a member of IBM's PartnerWorld program for four years.

The ILOG JRules connector for WebSphere Process Server is available immediately from ILOG at and through the IBM Developer's Network.

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Ramiz Aliev 09/23/05 02:06:36 AM EDT

I am wondering if ILOG would be interested in an in-browser Visual Workflow Suite that allows to build, run and monitor business processes. This toolset is available with IAB Studio from worcsnet.com along with other modules as reporting, data management, charting ...

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