Celequest Accepted Into the IBM SOA Specialty

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Service Oriented Architecture Approach Drives Business Agility And Flexibility

Celequest's commitment to SOA provides their customers with a powerful way to reduce integration costs while rapidly deploying operational BI applications.

Celequest, the leading provider of on-demand business intelligence (BI), today announced its acceptance to the IBM SOA Specialty after successfully completing IBM's rigorous SOA technical and business requirements. With this achievement Celequest's LAVA™ integrates with the IBM SOA Foundation, a single, integrated platform that combines the industry's top application server and integration capabilities.

In March of this year, IBM announced an SOA Specialty in PartnerWorld for Industry Networks. The IBM SOA Specialty provides technical enablement and a skills-building roadmap for partners who want to access the growing SOA market opportunity. For those who achieve key milestones, the Specialty will also provide SOA-specific marketing and sales benefits such as SOA Connection Events to meet directly with IBM SOA Sales specialists and discounted print advertising and telemarketing. IBM Sales Connections, a consultative service in the PartnerWorld Industry Networks, helps business partners close SOA deals quickly by connecting them with the relevant IBM SOA and local field sales team.

"SOA is an increasingly important business requirement for organizations because of the business flexibility it enables," said Sandy Carter, vice president, SOA and WebSphere, IBM Software Group. "Celequest's commitment to SOA provides their customers with a powerful way to reduce integration costs while rapidly deploying operational BI applications."

Celequest's LAVA is the industry's first appliance designed to bring critical BI information to thousands of users at the lowest possible total cost of ownership (TCO). Compliance with SOA standards enables Celequest's LAVA appliance to immediately link to all SOA-compliant data sources and applications, and allows Celequest technology to be easily integrated with third-party portals and process management applications.

Celequest's LAVA appliance uses SOA-based web services to capture transactions from key operational systems, and utilizes XML and WSDL standards to process data and metadata definitions. LAVA is also capable of initiating workflows and processes via web-service calls.

"Support for SOA is critical to reducing the cost and time to deployment for operational BI applications, as they need to integrate disparate data and interoperate with other applications," said Diaz Nesamoney, founder and chief executive officer of Celequest. "SOA compliance also enables Celequest to provide a best-of-breed BI offering to our partners such as IBM, who can take our dashboard portlets and embed them in portals and process management tools."

About Celequest

Celequest is the leading provider of on-demand Business Intelligence (BI). Delivered as an appliance or as Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), Celequest enables companies to deliver enterprise-class BI without the cost and complexity of traditional business intelligence software. Celequest's innovative technology includes data integration, analytics and dashboards/reporting in a single integrated product. Customers include Solectron, Dreyer's, Cendant, Software Spectrum and Compassion International. Celequest is a privately held company based in Redwood City, California. For more information about Celequest, please visit http://www.celequest.com.

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With 80 years of leadership in helping businesses innovate, IBM is the world's largest information technology company. IBM is a leading provider of innovative solutions and is dedicated to helping organizations, business partners and developers leverage innovation that matters. The company offers a host of cross-industry and industry-specific solutions designed to meet the needs of organizations of all sizes. For more information please visit ibm.com/soa.

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