IBM personalizes software to Linux environment

January 26, 2001

IBM has announced Linux-based software that enables businesses to deliver personalized marketing messages to customers on the Internet.

Using IBM's WebSphere Personalization software businesses can:

According to IDC, Linux became the No.2 operating system in 1999 in new server shipments with 1.3 million licenses and anticipates Linux to remain the fastest growing server operating system thru 2004, with a compound annual growth rate of 28 percent from 2000 - 2004. The market opportunity for software on Linux is expected to grow even faster, with relational database servers expected to increase from $30 million in 2000 to $3.4 billion in 2004, a compound annual growth rate of 226%.

Ed Harbour, director of marketing, WebSphere software platform, IBM, said, "IBM's WebSphere Personalization allows businesses to develop, deploy and update personalized data quickly on various platforms, including Linux-- the fastest growing operating system in the industry."

WebSphere offers the only product family that contains all of the following:

WebSphere Application Servers are the foundation of the WebSphere software platform, which is Internet infrastructure software that enables businesses to develop, host, run and integrate e-business applications. According to Giga Information Group, the market opportunity in this area is $1.6 billion this year and will grow to $9 billion by 2003.

WebSphere Application Server, Standard and Advanced Editions v3.5, were made available for Linux operating systems on Dec.15. WebSphere Personalization now supports deployment on Linux of personalized e-business applications ranging from Web publishing through high-volume Web transactions typical of business-to-business e-marketplaces.

The previous release of WebSphere Personalization, v3.5, included in one product both rules-based personalization as well as a recommendation engine which utilizes LikeMinds collaborative filtering technology from Macromedia. In the latest release of WebSphere Personalization, v3.5.2, the recommendation engine is now available on AIX, further broadening a site owner's choices of operating environment.

Additionally, in Personalization v3.5.2 the rules-based personalization capabilities have been extended to allow the personalization strategy to be based upon what is occurring during a visitor's tour of a site. Sample uses of these new functions can include monitoring what site content has been viewed or what has been placed in a shopping cart application by a site visitor. This allows the site's personalization strategy to capture more fully the interests of each site visitor and therefore more accurately select content that will be useful and interesting to the visitor. This can help attract and retain visitors to a site.

Pricing and Availability

WebSphere Personalization for Multiplatforms v3.5.2 is available worldwide now for Linux, AIX, HP-UX, Solaris, Windows 2000 and Windows NT operating systems. The WebSphere Personalization for Multiplatforms v3.5.2 rule engine and resource engine will support Linux, AIX, HP-UX, Solaris, Windows 2000 and Windows NT operating systems. The recommendation engine will support AIX, Solaris, Windows 2000 and Windows NT operating systems. A release of WebSphere Personalization for the OS/400 environment which includes recommendation engine support of AIX is planned for availability at a future date.

The distributions of Linux supported are Red Hat 6.2, Caldera 2.3 e-Server, TurboLinux 6.0, and SuSE 6.4. WebSphere Personalization for Multiplatforms v3.5.2 supports SuSE 6.4 on the S/390.