Persistence Software announced a partnership and product licensing agreement with webMethods, Inc. to deliver a transaction processing hub for business-to-business e-commerce. Combining the productivity of an EJB application server with the flexibility of an XML-based business-to-business integration server gives customers the ability to integrate business systems across enterprise boundaries. The combination of Persistence PowerTier and webMethods B2B enables developers to create dynamic real-time supply and demand chains that leverage the Internet to integrate the business systems of diverse suppliers, customers and partners worldwide.The integration of the two products enables ubiquitous, real-time e-commerce services. Customers get the high-performance processing power and forward caching of data provided by PowerTier, along with the broad support for emerging XML-based B2B protocols, data mapping and transformation, rich security, and reliability provided by webMethods B2B. PowerTier customers can now leverage interoperability with e-commerce standards including XML, RosettaNet, FpML, cXML, OBI, OAG, ACORD, Microsoft BizTalk and legacy EDI.,