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SOAs, Channel-Building To Take Center Stage At IBM PartnerWorld

IBM plans to push service-oriented architecture enablement for midsize companies and foster partner profitability across the board at its annual PartnerWorld bash this week.

In a bid to help partners gain expertise in SOA—the latest buzzword-laden technology in the spotlight—IBM is making available for download technical materials and free code in the form of WebSphere Community Edition.

“We want to provide zero barrier to entry,” said Sandy Carter, vice president of IBM’s WebSphere. “You don’t have to register to get references, technical materials and code. We want to make it easy to get access to SOA materials,” she said.

IBM also is adding a new SOA specialty with two levels of participation to its PartnerWorld Industry Networks. One requires the partner to train and certify one person in SOA-related matters. Another invitation-only tier will require partners to commit to a certain level of revenue as well as technical goals and five certifications, Carter said.

IBM Software, Somers, N.Y., has already acknowledged it will talk up several new Solution Builder Express packages that pull together tools, business process know-how and methodologies intended to help partners assist midmarket clients in creating services-based infrastructures.

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