Software enables unified B2B partner management.

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Available in Express, Advanced, and Enterprise editions, WebSphere® Partner Gateway v6.0 integrates external processes and partner communities with internal processes and infrastructures. Combination of partner profile management capabilities with secure exchange for B2B messages allows business to become more responsive to demand. Software supports traditional EDI and XML-based message data and protocols, including EDI packaging, transformation, and validation support.



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IBM WebSphere Partner Gateway V6.0 Extends Integration Beyond the Enterprise



At a glance

WebSphere Partner Gateway V6.0 delivers:

Native electronic data interchange (EDI) support

FTP scripting support to enable Value Added Network (VAN) connectivity

Certified RosettaNet and Applicability Statement 2 (AS2) support

All of the capabilities of WebSphere Business Integration Connect V4.2, including Partner Community Profile Management and support for AS1, AS2, XML, and Web services Internet standards

Improved usability and performance

Optional installation on WebSphere Application Server V6.0

For ordering, contact:

Your IBM representative or IBM Americas Call Centers at 800-IBM-CALL (Reference: YE001).

Overview

WebSphere® Partner Gateway V6.0 extends process integration beyond the enterprise, providing a consolidated business-to-business (B2B) gateway to lower the costs of B2B integration. It integrates external processes and partner communities with internal processes and infrastructures, combining extensive partner profile management capabilities with a simple, reliable, and secure exchange for B2B messages.

WebSphere Partner Gateway is the re-branded, follow-on version to WebSphere Business Integration Connect V4.2, carrying forward all of its capabilities.

WebSphere Partner Gateway enables a single unified B2B partner management environment, that supports traditional EDI and XML-based message data and protocols, such as AS1, AS2, and RosettaNet, for B2B integration.

Transforming your business with WebSphere Partner Gateway lets your business become more responsive to demand. It becomes an enterprise whose business processes - integrated end-to-end across the company and with key partners, suppliers, and customers so it can respond rapidly to changes in customer-demand, market opportunity, or external threat.

WebSphere Partner Gateway V6.0 is available in three editions:

Express: B2B gateway "spoke" to enable participants for communication over HTTP, HTTPS and AS2 and a maximum of five external connections

Advanced Edition: B2B gateway hub to integrate large trading partner communities, licensed to a specified number of external connections

Enterprise Edition: B2B gateway hub to integrate large trading partner communities with an unlimited number of external connections

New with this release, WebSphere Partner Gateway Advanced and Enterprise Edition V6.0 support:

Native EDI support including:

EDI packaging, transformation and validation support

Enveloping, de-enveloping and splitting

EDI standards support

A graphical drag and drop data interchange mapping tool running on Microsoft(TM) Windows(TM)

Additional RosettaNet Partner Interface Process (PIPs)

Usability and performance improvements

Optional installation on WebSphere Application Server V6.0

In addition, all WebSphere Partner Gateway V6.0 editions provide platform currency support, for the most recent prerequisite operating system release levels.

Key prerequisites

WebSphere Partner Gateway V6.0 - Express:
Microsoft Windows
SUSE LINUX and Red Hat
IBM i5/OS and OS/400®

WebSphere Partner Gateway V6.0 - Advanced and Enterprise
Editions:
Microsoft Windows
SUSE LINUX and Red Hat
IBM AIX®
Sun Solaris

Planned availability dates
June 28, 2005 (electronic software delivery and documentation).
July 21, 2005 (media).

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