Integration software seeks automation

SAN FRANCISCO (11/17/2003) - Vitria Technology Inc. and startup AptSoft Corp. this week rolled out new software designed to streamline the integration of applications and business processes.

Building on the modeling capabilities that debuted in the previous version, Vitria's BusinessWare 4.2 features built-in support for business process fusion, which helps enhance autonomous transactional processes by tightly integrating them across a range of different vertical industries.

"The biggest thing we have accomplished (with Version 4.2) is to put in really strong XML end-to-end support around this notion of document support. We have tried to really simplify how you pass around a document within a company, which seems to be the direction for most companies," said Todd Martin, Vitria's senior director of product marketing.

New to Version 4.2 is the Application Framework made up of an assortment of reusable tools, pre-built modules, extendable user interfaces, and business collaboration frameworks. These features serve to accelerate the implementation of common integration services across a range of vertical and horizontal business processes, Martin said.

AptSoft unveiled Director, which is designed to eliminate the dependence on hardwired code and middleware in application integration, thereby reducing the need for custom coding, company officials said.

Director combines the ability to choreograph disparate business process management with the underlying application integration. The product employs Web services standards to create a services-oriented and events-driven architecture where developers can just change business rules to eliminate customized code writing.

"We have made the product very focused on connecting applications to support business processes. One of the functional areas we have focused on is to reduce a business process to components. You only need to know SQL and Java Script, and not have to use really structured code like in C, Java, or .Net," said David Cameron, AptSoft's vice president of marketing and product integration.

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