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EAI Reports

Product Quicktake: InterSystems Ensemble

Almost every company has been stretching to do more with less -- to modernize legacy applications, to rapidly develop functionality to extend existing aplications or meet new business demands, and to integrate disparate applications and data into a cohesive platform that meets dynamic business requirements. Unfortunately, individual technical answers to these problems result in piecemeal solutions that are inflexible and difficult to maintain, while solutions based on traditional broad-based integration platforms are often complex, expensive to develop, and require months if not years to complete. What organizations need is a way to rapidly develop composite applications that integrate new business functionality with existing application logic or data.Ensemble, by InterSystems Corporation, is a comprehensive integration platform designed to meet this need.


Product Spotlight: Sybase Integration Orchestrator

Integration Orchestrator from Sybase is a business process management and enterprise integration solution that includes easy-to-use business and technical interfaces that enable close collaboration between business users and IT integration developers. It is fundamentally different from old-style broker-based integration products in that it enables developers and business power users to do codeless development of integration solutions.


Product Spotlight: Sterling Commerce Gentran Integration Suite

Sterling Commerce's Gentran Integration Suite offers a modular platform for both enterprise application integration (EAI) and business-to-business (B2B) integration projects. With its modular approach to a wide array of integration challenges, Gentran Integration Suite provides a foundation for global 2000 companies that want an integration solution that can evolve with their needs.


Product Quicktake: iWay 5.5 (Integration Suite)

The iWay 5.5 integration suite from iWay Software provides new support for rapid, incremental integration through the iWay XML Transformation Engine, extended adapter and B2B support, and new partnerships that provide organizations with a wide range of best-of-breed capabilities. iWay 5.5 is a significant upgrade from previous versions. It includes support for new vertical standards such as UCCnet and HIPAA 4010A and B2B standards such as AS2 and ebXML.


Product Quicktake: WRQ Inc. Verastream 5.5

Verastream, by WRQ, is a legacy integration server that enables organizations to take existing legacy applications and reuse them in new business initiatives. It supports both legacy extension and "Web-facing" (where the legacy application still follows the original workflow and steps but the user interface is simplified), integration of legacy information with existing applications, and transformation of legacy systems through programmatic integration to create new composite applications (for situations where legacy access is needed but is in the form of a new workflow or different order from the original workflow on the legacy system).


Product Quicktake: PolarLake

PolarLake provides products designed to provide a complete integration platform for organizations that have decided to use XML or Web services to integrate applications or move data within their organization. The products are targeted at organizations (including financial services, telecommunications, and government agencies) or IT architecture groups within these organizations attempting to solve a range of integration problems via XML or Web services.


Product Quicktake: Attunity Connect

Attunity Connect is integration middleware for accessing the mainframe, enterprise data sources, and legacy applications. While it can access and connect to relational sources, its forte is non-relational legacy systems, where it can expose legacy data using standard SQL, and functions as XML-based Web services. It also provides connectivity among J2EE applications, .NET applications, leading integration brokers, and legacy systems. Key components of the product include a series of prebuilt adapters for such platforms as mainframes, HP NonStop, OpenVMS, and more, as well as the ability to take any legacy transaction and make it look like a standard Web service.


Product Quicktake: Quovadx QDX Platform

Quovadx, formerly XCare.net Inc., is best known for Cloverleaf, its integration platform for the healthcare industry. In June 2001, XCare acquired Confer Software, a developer of application development, process management and workflow applications, and Healthcare.com, a provider of EAI tools. In September 2001, these entities were renamed Quovadx. The acquisitions resulted in a full development and integration platform that provides application development, application integration, business process automation and workflow.


Product Spotlight: ProActivity

Business process integration and management are becoming critical to e-business success. e-Business requires companies to shrink business cycles to respond quickly to new competitive threats and opportunities. Sustainable competitive advantage in the e-business age requires continuous innovation, which in turn requires an intense focus on analyzing business processes and the impact of change. ProActivity is the first tool we have seen that reduces the skills and time required to discover business processes. More important, it reduces the time that business experts need to be involved.


Product Quicktake: Orsus iGlue Wireless

ORSUS Solutions’ iGlue Wireless is a mobile integration platform that enables the easy creation and rapid deployment of mobile applications that incorporate data and functionality from multiple back-end systems to build task-specific mobile interfaces. These interfaces can be deployed to multiple types of mobile devices. iGlue Wireless can also be deployed with leading application servers to enable mobile integration of existing and new applications.


Product Quicktake: Cysive Cymbio

Cysive Cymbio provides an integrated platform that enables multichannel access from disparate mobile devices to and from enterprise information systems. It is fully J2EE-compliant and can run on existing application servers or Web servers. Alternatively, it can be deployed without an application server using any servlet or JSP environment. Cysive Cymbio includes a graphical development environment that enables rapid development of mobile solutions.


Product Quicktake: Magic Software iBOLT Integration Suite

Magic Software's iBOLT Integration Suite, released in March 2003, is an enterprise application integration platform targeted at mid-sized organizations, a considerably underserved market in today's hot EAI space. Magic Software, a 700-employee company headquartered in Israel, is no newcomer to the software market. With a 15-year track record as a high-level application development tool company, Magic recently repositioned itself in the EAI space with its iBOLT Integration Suite, which is based on existing eDeveloper and connectivity technology. Magic realized that most of its customers were using its development environment for application development and integration, and began to add the necessary components to make its solution a stand-alone EAI environment.


Product Quicktake: SeeBeyond e*Insight Business Process Manager

SeeBeyond’s main product set, the Business Integration Suite, is a cohesive integration platform that provides internal and B2B integration across a wide range of scenarios, including portals, e-marketplaces and trading partner exchanges. The suite’s core components include e*Gate Integrator (the underlying integration platform), e*Xchange Partner Manager (for automation of dynamic trading processes), e*Xpressway Integrator (to provide small partners with connectivity and integration via simple downloads and wizards) and e*Index Global Identifier (a cross-indexing solution that enables a single customer view across multiple systems).


Product Quicktake: Metastorm e-Work

Metastorm e-Work provides businesses with a platform for BPM, enabling the definition, automation and management of processes that run the business. An early leader in the BPM market, Metastorm e-Work is a unified BPM environment, handling design, workflow, application development, integration with existing back-end systems, deployment and optimization of processes. The unified environment enables users to get the information they need for a particular stage of a process from action buttons on familiar interfaces, including Microsoft Outlook and Novell GroupWise e-mail clients and Web browsers.


Product Quicktake: iWay XML Transformation Engine

One of the most pressing needs for businesses today is the ability to communicate seamlessly, internally and externally. Enterprise integration promises to solve communication problems, but full-blown EAI platforms cost too much and take too long to implement. Today's business climate requires IT organizations to solve integration problems quickly and inexpensively. iWay Software offers an alternative, incremental path to integration with "brokerless" integration. Using the iWay XML Transformation Engine, iWay Adapters, and iWay Business Services (Web services), iWay estimates it can achieve 80 percent of a company's integration needs at a project-level cost rather than that of a capital expenditure--and in days or weeks instead of months.


Product Quicktake: Sybase Integration Orchestrator

Integration Orchestrator is especially well-suited for companies that want business users to take control of defining and managing business processes and cross-application integrations. Its integration capabilities will work well for large or medium-sized companies, while its business process-driven management capabilities are well suited to companies that have dynamic business processes, limited IT or outsourcing resources, or changing integration requirements (perhaps because of mergers, acquisitions or geographic expansion).


Product Quicktake: Sterling Commerce Gentran Integration Suite

Gentran Integration Suite from Sterling Commerce offers a B2B integration solution that is modular and flexible, enabling business leaders to license the product for a specific project while allowing IT to use Gentran Integration Suite as a long-term enterprise integration and B2B infrastructure. Gentran Integration Suite can solve current hot-button B2B issues, such as AS2 compliance for retail suppliers or XML translation, while providing a platform for internal and external enterprise application integration (EAI) transactions. Using one system to handle EAI and B2B transactions enables companies to lower their total cost of ownership, and the module-based purchase plan offers an affordable, tactical solution. The latest release provides a path to a more comprehensive B2B integration platform while enabling new customers to implement a J2EE standards-based solution that will co-exist with their existing B2B infrastructure.


Sponsored Resources

Product Quicktake:GT Software Ivory - Mainframe Web services

Business logic and mainframe application have remained critical business components that need to be integrated with, and opened up to, new J2EE or .NET application server-based applications. There's where Web Services and Ivory from GT Software Inc., come in. Using Ivory Web Services, companies can graphically generate Web services for mainframe applications and the data necessary for mainframe application to consume Web services.

Product Spotlight: Jacada

Product Spotlight: Jacada® Fusion

Jacada® Fusion is a first-of-its-kind offering that enables the delivery of composite applications, leveraging any Windows, Web, or host-based, custom or packaged application. Leveraging 14 years of experience in reusing mission-critical application functionality, Jacada® Fusion uses service-oriented architectures (SOA) as an underlying principle to quickly deliver the process flexibility that business demands – using safe, proven methods that deliver results in weeks or months. For more information on Jacada, please see www.jacada.com.

Product Spotlight: Sonic Software

While the urgent enterprise need to integrate applications and systems hasn’t changed much over the past few years, many of the surrounding technology standards and approaches have. Sonic ESB from Sonic Software is an enterprise service bus (ESB) that provides an alternative to the"big bang" integration solutions. Because of its distributed nature, Sonic ESB works well for a variety of integration requirements, from small pilot projects to large-scale deployments with high availability requirements.