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Tuesday, March 14, 2006

IBM's AppExchange

IBM is launching its SOA Business Central as a federated catalog of IBM and SOA software services developed by business partners.

SOA Business Central will include the upcoming WebSphere Registry and Repository for SOA Governance software product. Customers will be able to search, download and install services from the catalog, which will include utilities for the publication, subscription, management and policy enforcement of SOA services and assets.


Sounds similar to Salesforce.com's AppExchange. However, perhaps instead of full-blown applications created by partners based on exposed SFdC services, these are the services themselves being offered by IBM and partners. At any rate, seems like a great idea: IBM without much of its own app layer provides access to services and potentially creates some lock-in for WebSphere.

here's IBM's own press release

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