Application integration software company SeeBeyond has given customers a sneak preview of its forthcoming version 4.5, which will be released at the end of the month.
The new version is more Java- and SOAP-capable and will run on IBM’s OS/390, the company says.
The software has four main components: an application-to-application integration layer; a B2B application integration layer; a business process monitoring and management layer; and an index for sharing information about the same person or item across disparate systems. The latter three sit atop the integration layer.
SeeBeyond general manager Rob Erskine says organisations such as Gartner Group are focusing more on business process management in B2B and B2C systems.
“At the business process management layer we map the business process and automatically generate the integration layer. Then we manage and monitor the process on an ongoing basis.”
This is useful in e-commerce for tracking when and where a transaction is lost or a message fails.
Erskine says organisations conducting e-commerce must interact with five major application groups: those based on XML/SOAP protocols, Java applications, databases, CRM and ERP systems and legacy systems.
SeeBeyond, which competes with middleware players such as IBM MQ Series, Tibco, BEA and Hummingbird, sits in the middle and integrates with them all, he says. That saves users from having to write specific point-to-point interfaces for every system they are connecting to, and also reduces the ongoing cost of having to maintain those interfaces, he says.
Erskine claims customers using SeeBeyond to integrate with ERP systems are getting a six to 12-month return on investment.
Local customers include Waitemata Health, Southern Cross Medical, Taranaki Health, Canterbury Health and Griffins Foods. Among Australian sites are Westpac, Telstra, NSW Health, Queensland Health, OPSM, and Department of Defence.
Implementation partners include Ascential, EDS, Cap Gemini Ernst Young, PricewaterhouseCoopers and CSC.