Toronto-based DWL Inc. will be a participant on IBM's 'Web Services on WebSphere' Advisory Council, a partner-focused initiative to drive customer adoption of Web services technology. White Plains, N.Y.-based IBM Corp. established the advisory council as a forum for thought leadership and best practices for deploying Web services on IBM's Websphere platform. Current members of the council include Siebel Systems Inc. and J.D Edwards.INSpire Insurance Solutions Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, and CGI Group Inc., Toronto, have signed a non-binding letter of intent under which CGI would purchase INSpire's operating assets. These business operations would be integrated within CGI and continue to offer policy and claims administration outsourcing, IT outsourcing, and software services. INSpire, currently operating under Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, has filed certain motions with the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Texas to begin the sales process.

IBM Corp., White Plains, N.Y., and Chordiant Software Inc. will jointly market and support Chordiant 5 for IBM hardware, including the eServer pSeries and xSeries, DB2 database software, the WebSphere infrastructure software platform and Websphere Application Server. The alliance will give Chordiant greater traction in the financial services industry, one of the vendor's key verticals, according to Paul Burrin, senior vice president, worldwide marketing.

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