Changed in its Monday press releases from "the leading provider of integration software enabling Global Business Visibility" customers can expect to hear this new opener from now on, said Scott Opitz, webMethods' senior vice president.
"If somebody says, 'What kind of company are you?' I'm not going to say 'Global Business Visibility,' I'm going to say 'I'm a Web services infrastructure company,'" he said. "We did it because our business just got a lot broader. Before this, our market was limited to customers who would be buying our webMethods integration platform to integrate together whatever legacy system or package of applications they had."
Even though Web services is still in its infancy as a B2B tool set, Opitz said all of its major customers are moving towards SOAs so webMethods must change as well or be left behind.
"Where we're going is really directed at 'I want to have a solution that allows (customers) to do the integration today any way they want'," he said. "We don't do these things lightly so you can assume we've talked to a heck of a lot of customers and the reality is they've told us very clearly that if a company wants to have a long-term relationship with them, this is where they're going."