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News: WebMethods Fabric 7, Business Integration Suite, announced

  1. WebMethods has announced WebMethods Fabric 7, their "business integration and optimization" suite. Fabric is an enterprise service platform, including business process management, business activity monitoring, and a composite application framework. This release focuses on business activity monitoring, which helps continual improvement.
    A 3-D graphical interface enables users to easily identify system problems, automatically determine root causes, and instantly drill down for additional detail. With event correlation, automated variance baselining, and business impact analysis, this ‘actionable insight’ facilitates continuous process improvement, such as employed within popular methodologies like Six Sigma. Users can detect, diagnose and remediate defective processes, transactions, and orders from their desktops. Automated alerts ensure that corrective action can be taken to assure compliance with customer-based service-level agreements (SLAs).
    An Eclipse-based toolset provides a graphical design process for the creation of models, swim lanes, Key Performance Indicator (KPI) trees, step transitions and user interfaces. A new semantic metadata library facilitates faster development and extended enterprise service reuse through the use of common terminology to describe IT assets. Based on its use of the Resource Description Framework (RDF) and the Web Ontology Language (OWL), the library automatically learns dependencies and relationships between IT assets. As a result, searching for unique concepts, templates, and existing assets based on a variety of criteria, including its role within a business process, relationships with key enterprise systems, authors and/or subsequent contributors, is easy. Additionally, metadata enhances collaboration among large, geographically dispersed teams. Integrated run-time simulation graphically animates the process on a step-by-step basis to identify break points as a means for facilitating flawless execution at implementation. Fabric 7 is not available yet. Components will be made available beginning December 2006.
  2. Integrated run-time simulation graphically animates the process on a step-by-step basis to identify break points as a means for facilitating flawless execution at implementation.
    I used Active Works (which late became WebMethods Enterprise) back in 1999, and there was already then a nice view where you could actually see how messages flowed across the computer network, from adapter to broker to adapter, and so forth. A nice feature, although completelly useless for the real work.