Kurt Peters , Senior Executive Editor
webMethods Named Top Choice for Leading Retailer to Connect Business Information Systems Across the Enterprise
FAIRFAX, Va. -- February 11, 2003 -- webMethods, Inc. (Nasdaq: WEBM), the leading independent provider of integration software, today announced that Cabela`s, the World`s Foremost Outfitter, selected the webMethods Integration Platform to gain a standards-based foundation for enabling business process integration across multiple platforms and applications.
Currently, Cabela`s operates a combination of packaged applications, homegrown legacy systems and retail-specific applications from JDA Software Group. As the company looks to expand its business and customer reach, it was necessary to transform the IT infrastructure from traditional, point-to-point integrations to a more flexible and scalable integration solution. The webMethods integration platform will allow Cabela`s to leverage open standards to quickly enable business process management across its disparate applications and platforms.
The first integration project will include the integration of 12 point-of-sale systems from its retail stores with Cabela`s corporate enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems. The expected benefits from this initial implementation of the webMethods integration platform will be consistency in data quality, greater accuracy in sales-related information, better control of message fail-over and faster view of data.
"The webMethods Integration Platform will help Cabela`s greatly increase the level of operational efficiency," said Brian Moran, Application Channel Manager, Cabela`s Inc. "With the variety of information systems running the day-to-day business at Cabela`s, the only way to truly optimize business processes is by integrating the company`s information systems on a common platform, capable of sharing data seamlessly, regardless of format, and in real-time. The webMethods Integration Platform is that solution for Cabela`s."
Like most sophisticated retail operations, Cabela`s must synchronize data captured from multiple sales channels, databases and applications. As transaction changes are made in one system, the same information must be pushed out to other systems within the enterprise for end-to-end business process management. By solving the interoperability issues between the company`s disparate applications, Cabela`s can automate their product forecasting and planning in real-time. This centralized integration approach will help Cabela`s eliminate point-to-point integration projects, and adopt a scalable model that can expand with the company`s growth.
An additional benefit of enterprise-wide integration is the ability to lower the maintenance efforts for the IT department. As Cabela`s implements the webMethods Integration Platform, the company will gain standardization of interfaces between their disparate applications.
"webMethods` out-of-the box support for open standards continues to be an important differentiator as retail companies consider strategies for improving operational efficiency and lowering the cost of doing business," said Darren Oberst, vice president and general manager, Industry Solutions, webMethods, Inc. "Not only will the webMethods Integration Platform give retail companies, like Cabela`s, the means to leverage its existing investments in technology, it will give them a flexible architecture that is capable of supporting future IT initiatives without disrupting their day-to-day business." About webMethods, Inc.
As the leading independent provider of integration software, webMethods, Inc. (Nasdaq: WEBM - news) delivers the industry`s most comprehensive platform for enterprise-wide integration, including complete support for Enterprise Web Services. The webMethods Integration Platform allows customers to achieve quantifiable R.O.I. by linking business processes, enterprise and legacy applications, databases, Web services and workflows both within and across enterprises. Through this seamless flow of information, companies can reduce costs, create new revenue opportunities, strengthen relationships with customers, substantially increase supply chain efficiencies and streamline internal business processes.
Founded in 1996, webMethods is headquartered in Fairfax, Va., with offices throughout the U.S., Europe and Asia Pacific. webMethods has more than 900 customers worldwide including Global 2000 leaders such as Bank of America, Citibank, Dell, Eastman Chemical, The Ford Motor Company, Grainger, and Motorola. webMethods` strategic partners include Accenture, AMS, BearingPoint, BMC Software, BroadVision, Cap Gemini Ernst & Young, CSC, Deloitte Consulting, EDS, HP, i2 Technologies, J.D. Edwards, SAP AG, Siebel Systems and TCS. More information about the company can be found at http://www.webMethods.com.
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