Â WebSphere Product Center (WPC) 5.3 is product information management software that assists users in developing and managing a central repository of master data information. The new version includes a Java API and Web services that can be layered on top of the middleware to facilitate integration with SOA (service-oriented architecture) applications. The software also comes with better search capabilities and improved product location management. The ability to model location in the hierarchy is new in 5.3.Â Users can use the new features to more quickly find product information specific to a particular region or store.
IBM acquired the technology behind WPC in 2004 with the purchase of a business partner Trigo Technologies, which had a product information management offering called Product Center. IBM rebranded the Trigo software as a WebSphere product, bringing out a new version of the offering, version 5.2, last year. Another IBM master data management module, WebSphere Customer Center, is based on technology the vendor acquired last year when it bought data integration software company DWL.