Hewlett-Packard (HP) has signed on both business-process automation software provider webMethods and Web integration software provider TIBCO in two joint development alliances.
The HP OpenView software business unit will collaborate with webMethods to create software that will enable better management of application interactions throughout the extended supply chain. The collaboration with webMethods is expected to yield an extension of the management capabilities of HP OpenView to include business process management.
Meanwhile, the vendor has signed a three-year agreement with TIBCO to jointly develop products for the service provider and telecommunications markets. The two companies will jointly develop and market products, again involving HP's OpenView management solutions, this time being integrated and bundled with TIBCO's B2B solutions.
In addition to the joint development work, HP's consulting business unit will recommend the webMethods integration platform as a preferred integration product for the manufacturing and supply-chain markets, and recommend TIBCO as a preferred integration product vendor for the service provider and telecommunications markets.
HP and webMethods also have agreed to establish a joint program management office for technology development and to jointly organise promotional activities and sales engagements.