NewsByte 19 September 2001

webMethods and HP Collaborate to Provide Global Business Visibility through Open Management Interface (OMI) Specification

New OMI Specification Will Link HP OpenView Portfolio with the webMethods Integration Platform

webMethods, Inc., a provider of integration software, and Hewlett-Packard Company today announced they will collaborate on writing the Open Management Interface (OMI) specification. The OMI specification will allow systems management applications, such as HP OpenView, to pull information from the systems they monitor -- information beyond what is typically examined regarding system performance and capacity. The OMI specification will help the HP OpenView portfolio of software and services monitor the health of a business in addition to the health of technology systems.

By combining a systems management application with the webMethods integration platform via the OMI specification, a company can delve more deeply into its business processes. IT has always been responsible for managing the layers of technology within its own organization, and increasingly, the IT organization is becoming responsible for the success and the future of the entire business. To address this responsibility, the IT focus shifts from managing components of technology to managing the business process from the end-user's perspective - this is a key component of a company's service-level management strategy.

The OMI specification will be designed to enable collaboration of systems management software and integration software, allowing for information to be identified and pulled together for business analysis, regardless of where the information is stored throughout an enterprise. The combination of systems management and integration software provides the means to achieve global visibility.