January 2001

DOCUMENTUM AND OMIX SIGN A PARTNERSHIP agreement. Documentum found OMIX through its search for a partner who could bring world class Java and E-Commerce skills to sites that integrate WebLogic Application Servers with their award-winning 4i Content Management System. OMIX is excited to work with Documentum, whose customers are typically the largest, most demanding business content users in the world. OMIX is currently developing a Documentum 4i site on WebLogic infrastructure that will be announced next quarter.

APPLICATION SERVER PARADIGM CONTINUES. An Application Server is a software hub that provided commons services and connections to an application. OMIX finds that using an application server such as WebLogic enhances productivity by allowing prewritten application server code to handle significant amounts of software functionality. This allows OMIX to develop only the code that affects the business logic and Web display. Application server vendors are including more and more functionality in the Application Server, and when that functionality conforms to standards, it can really help to protect the customer's investment. In the last 12 months alone, OMIX has seen the WebLogic Application Server add functionality in Commerce, Personalization, Workflow and Enterprise Application Integration. OMIX is also seeing that even traditionally non-Web software is now being built with an Application Server architecture, which benefits scaling, allows deployment across many varied systems simultaneously, and facilitates code modification over time. Application Servers are actually making the Operating System selection less important, since the same Application Server often runs on all of the major Operating Systems.

J2EE STANDARDS DOMINATE. Sun's Java 2 Enterprise Edition standard for Application Servers is officially one year old and now has over 76% of the market. Vendors adopting this standard include ATG, BEA, Bluestone, IBM, Iona, iPlanet, Oracle and Persistence. Software that connects easily to J2EE Application Servers includes XML, SAP, Baan, PeopleSoft, Oracle and Sybase. OMIX is proud to have been one of the first Professional Service firms to specialize in J2EE. We have used J2EE to help our customers stay vendor independent, speed up their time to market, and scale applications to unexpected volumes. Over time, our customers can continue to modify and connect their systems to keep pace with their ever-changing business strategies.

NETBEANS EMERGES AS NEW STANDARD for application development environments. Sun endorses the Netbeans standard and has a commercial version called Forte. Other companies are using the free version available from NetBeans.org as a standardized development platform, independent of any single organization. The application development platform includes an editor, debugger, user interface builder and other coding tools.

NEW WEBLOGIC PROCESS INTEGRATOR brings J2EE standards to workflow. Workflow is the process that humans or computer systems go through to complete a task. For example, in Content Management Systems there is a workflow for submitting, editing, approving and posting new text to a Web site. Process Integrator performs workflow control on almost any human or computer action that can be reduced to an XML (self-describing formatting standard) formatted message. Once actions are integrated into Process Integrator, current and new processes can be modeled with a graphical flowchart. Then the Process Integrator can begin, monitor and complete tasks. Once a company uses standards to control its internal business workflow, it can start to leverage each small process into an enterprise-wide modernization of its business workflow.

NEW WEBLOGIC COLLABORATE is built on WebLogic Process Integrator, but extends workflow control to tie partnering companies together. Many companies today are building private exchanges to replace the manual phone/fax exchanges that handle most of today's business transactions. A private exchange built on WebLogic Collaborate can leverage the advantages of the J2EE architecture, such as the use of standards, scalability, built-in security and fast implementation. WebLogic Collaborate does require the installation of some lightweight software on a partner's site, but the business systems dialog that can take place between two companies often makes this worthwhile.

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