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By Brian Fonseca  |  Posted 2004-03-01 Print this article Print

IBM will add a portal-enabling capability in future Integrated Runtime versions, officials said. Also at PartnerWorld, IBM will announce its Developer Works Migration Station, a portal offering geared toward helping ISVs migrate from a .Net to a WebSphere development environment. While there are no new tools in Migration Station, the portal aggregates technology design patterns, utility specifications and the like to help developers migrate Microsoft applications, databases, communications and operating systems to a platform that includes Web services and the Linux operating system.

IBMs Migration Station fits particularly well with the companys fundamental shift in how it goes to market with ISVs—with a vertical-industry approach. To this end, IBM will announce an initiative called PartnerWorld Industry Networks that will initially include portals for ISVs in five verticals: telecommunications, health care, life sciences, retail and banking. IBM will eventually address seven more industries.

As part of the program, ISVs will have access to several components for doing business with IBM, including business insight and IBM intellectual property around business issues and requirements. Another component, enablement blueprints, will act as references for solving specific vertical-industry issues with an IBM on-demand architecture. IBM is also offering marketing and sales support.

IBM will launch a second new-partner program at the conference. The program is centered on extensible workflow engines in its Tivoli Intelligent ThinkDynamic Orchestrator and Tivoli Provisioning Manager for automation. At the core of the program is the new Orchestration and Provisioning Automation Library, which provides methodologies and analysis for usage models to determine how to allocate resources to meet service-level agreements. "They are putting together a complete developers kit and documentation about the interfaces [in the tools] and making them accessible to anyone who wants to use them," said one source familiar with IBMs plans.

Paula Musich contributed to this report.

Brian Fonseca is a senior writer at eWEEK who covers database, data management and storage management software, as well as storage hardware. He works out of eWEEK's Woburn, Mass., office. Prior to joining eWEEK, Brian spent four years at InfoWorld as the publication's security reporter. He also covered services, and systems management. Before becoming an IT journalist, Brian worked as a beat reporter for The Herald News in Fall River, Mass., and cut his teeth in the news business as a sports and news producer for Channel 12-WPRI/Fox 64-WNAC in Providence, RI. Brian holds a B.A. in Communications from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

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