ATG to Support WebSphere

On the heels of supporting the BEA WebLogic application server, Art Technology Group will announce at the JavaOne show support for IBM's WebSphere Application Server.

Art Technology Group Inc. will take another step toward strengthening its applications focus Monday when it announces at the JavaOne show support for IBMs WebSphere Application Server.

Previously, ATG applications ran only on the companys own Dynamo Web application server. But Mondays announcement follows Januarys announced support for the BEA WebLogic application server.

While ATG will continue to develop and support its Dynamo Web application server, its main focus is on the applications, both its e-Business Platform framework for building applications and its packaged applications for e-commerce and portals, according to Fumi Matsumoto, vice president of technology at ATG.

"Were clearly focused on the application side--thats what our customers are looking for from us," said Matsumoto, in Cambridge, Mass.

Matsumoto said the move was a natural evolution for ATG as the market for e-commerce and CRM applications matures.

Forrester Research Inc. Research Director Josh Walker agrees.

"If theyre not fighting battles on the application server side, they can be more competitive with IBMs and BEAs applications for e-commerce and personalization," said Walker, in Cambridge.