IBM Tools Transform Legacy Apps

IBM's Enterprise Modernization Initiative will provide new tools for developers to transform legacy applications into Web services.

NEW ORLEANS—IBM announced new Web services and legacy integration efforts at its developerWorks Live conference here Thursday.

Along the lines of new Web services initiatives, IBM Global Services introduced an Enterprise Modernization Initiative to provide new tools for developers to transform legacy applications into Web services. IGS will also introduce two new services for customers.

The new IBM software comes out of the WebSphere application server space and will help developers bridge the gap between old and new applications. The first tool, WebSphere Studio Enterprise Developer Version 5, is focused on mainframe development and supports CICS, as well as Java, COBOL, PL/1 and other languages, the company said.

IBM also announced WebSphere Development Studio for iSeries Version 5. The product is aimed at helping iSeries developers build enterprise e-business applications without requiring intense Java or Web services skills. The visual tool features wizards and templates to simplify development, the company said.

In addition, IBM announced the WebSphere Host Access Transformation Server Version 4.02, which is aimed at simplifying the integration of legacy applications with WebSphere Web services applications.

WebSphere Studio Enterprise Developer 5 is available for $7,500 per workstation. WebSphere Development Studio Client for iSeries 5 will be available April 25, with prices starting at $1,953 per developer. WebSphere Host Access Transformation Server 4.02 will be available April 30, with prices starting at $303 per user.

David Chew, director of enterprise transaction systems at IBM, said the purpose of the Enterprise Modernization Initiative is to "leverage existing applications with new technologies like Web services." The company also announced a new "Speed-Start" program for Web services to help promote Web services development using IBM technology.

In addition, IBM last week announced the first WebSphere Studio development tool for BEA Systems Inc.s WebLogic. With the free plug-in available on IBMs developerWorks site, developers can use WebSphere Studio to test and deploy Java 2 Enterprise Edition applications for BEA WebLogic in addition to WebSphere.

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