New Websphere Lombardi Edition Announced

Scott Francis
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A few days ago, IBM announced the release of two new versions of Websphere Lombardi Edition: WLE 7.1 for Linux on System z – so you can run the (nearly) latest Lombardi portfolio on a mainframe!  (Note: Phil Gilbert points out that earlier versions of Lombardi also supported System z, but it wasn’t widely known) WLE 7.2 – which includes expanded globalization and translation capabilities (including the authoring application itself).  But 7.2 also ships with better integration to WPS (Websphere Process Server), iLOG, FileNet, and DB2 (as well as optional integrations to Outlook and Sharepoint – SKUs formerly known as Teamworks for Sharepoint and Teamworks for Office). Its a good incremental step for incorporating Lombardi BPM into IBM’s Websphere application family – and given IBM’s global focus the focus on globalization/localization makes a lot of sense.  But existing customers are still looking for an in-place upgrade path for production databases, to get from Teamworks 6.x and Teamworks 7.x to WLE 7.x.