IW: What are you going to do to support WebSphere, and does this preclude you from supporting other application platforms such as JBoss, BEA, or some of the other application servers out there?
MS: The current plan is for Webify to continue to support the other platforms like Oracle and BEA. But in the next 60 days, we will come back with a more defined road map on how the Webify industry Fabric -- which is Webify industry middleware -- will be integrated into IBM SOA Foundations. In about 60 days time we will be publishing a well-defined road map on how the Webify industry Fabric will be integrated and become a core part of IBM WebSphere.
IW: Is there going to be a role for IBM Global Services in all this?
MS: Yes. This acquisition is unique in that it has been made by both IBM Software Group and IBM Global Services together. On the software group side, Webify’s two products [SOBA Fabric and SOBA Suite] are like the building blocks, the Lego blocks that go on top of the Fabric. Those two pieces are going to be leveraged by both IBM Software Group and by IBM Global Services to deliver into their own engagement a set of pre-built business accelerators that provide differentiation and innovation to IBM Global Services Offerings.