SOURCE: Hubspan

Hubspan

August 24, 2009 09:00 ET

Mayer Electric Selects WebSpan Integration Platform to Enhance Customer Experience

National Distributor Uses SaaS-Based Integration Platform From Hubspan and IBM WebSphere to Gain Competitive Edge, Increase Customer Retention and Raise Revenues

SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwire - August 24, 2009) - Hubspan and IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced that Mayer Electric Supply, one of the largest distributors of electrical supplies, has become one of the first companies to implement the new WebSpan cloud-based integration platform developed by Hubspan and IBM. With WebSpan, Mayer will provide its customers with seamless integration to its online catalog and e-procurement services.

WebSpan, announced in May, combines Hubspan's on-demand integration platform with IBM WebSphere integration software into a single, flexible platform, capable of supporting multiple environments across vast integration communities. WebSpan automates critical business processes by providing integration across applications and systems to deliver management and cost-savings benefits to enterprises.

Mayer is using WebSpan to upgrade its e-commerce and purchase order exchange systems, making it easier for customers to order products and process their deliveries online, as well as expediting the overall online procurement process. WebSpan has also enabled Mayer to save money by using its existing hardware and software through the SaaS-based integration platform rather than having to replace it with new systems.

"Customer integration with e-commerce and e-procurement has become a critical component to doing business and retaining customers, and the WebSpan solution helps us meet our customers' needs by driving cost and complexity out of their business processes," said Kenny Siegal, director of national accounts and corporate alliances for Mayer Electric Supply. "Importantly, WebSpan supports multiple platforms and facilitates 'speed to market,' enabling us to do business our customers' way and providing resources and expertise we don't possess in-house."

Mayer's Kenny Siegal will be featured in a Webinar on the value of customer integration. To register for the September Webcast go to: http://webinars.hubspan.com.

WebSpan is available in customized packages to support companies in a wide variety of industries such as manufacturing, high-tech, retail, wholesale distribution, healthcare, local government and others. As a cloud-based platform delivered as a service, WebSpan provides management and maintenance as part of the overall integration platform, saving resources and vastly simplifying integration for companies of all sizes.

"Despite the current economic climate, companies can still increase their topline revenue by leveraging business integration as a strategic weapon to protect their existing customer base and define a distinct competitive edge," said Trisha Gross, president and CEO for Hubspan. "WebSpan enables Mayer Electric to cost-effectively build integration communities and strengthen customer relations to realize true business impact."

"We have many clients who want to take advantage of the benefits a cloud platform and SaaS model deliver, such as cost-effective subscription pricing, ease of management and the ability to start small and grow," said Steve Worrall, vice president of WebSphere BPM, Connectivity, Commerce and GB Sales for IBM. "Mayer Electric Supply is the perfect example of a company that understands the business value of customer integration and chose a SaaS integration solution to save costs and ensure rapid and quantifiable results."

WebSpan is sold by IBM and Hubspan as well as the companies' business partners. For more information on WebSpan, please visit www.hubspan.com/webspan.

IBM is the worldwide SOA leader with more than 8,000 client engagements, 7,400 SOA business partners, 300 SOA-specific technology patents, a community of greater than 120,000 architects and developers, and over 2000 universities advancing the SOA curriculum. For more information on how IBM is helping clients make smarter, faster decisions by using SOA, visit: http://www.ibm.com/soa.

About Hubspan, Inc.

Hubspan is the leading provider of business integration solutions, helping companies automate business processes and provide strong collaboration among internal and external communities. Hubspan's SaaS integration platform is cost-effective, scalable and reliable. With its any-to-any connections, Hubspan ensures seamless interoperability across systems, applications, and protocols. Thousands of companies worldwide, from small and medium enterprises to Fortune 500 companies, successfully use the Hubspan platform every day to achieve stronger business collaboration and automation. For more information, go to www.hubspan.com.

About Mayer Electric Supply

Mayer Electric Supply is a wholesale-distributor of electrical equipment and supplies, lighting, communications, automation and tools. In business since 1930, Mayer serves contractors, industrial plants, commercial businesses, institutions, the government and utilities through 57 locations in eight southeastern states.