Executive Summary

By Jim Rapoza  |  Posted 2002-12-02 Print this article Print

: Metaserver 4.0"> Executive Summary: Metaserver 4.0

Usability Excellent
Capability Good
Performance Good
Interoperability Good
Manageability Fair
Scalability Good
Security Fair
Easy, fast integration between business applications and processes is what Metaserver promises and, for the most part, delivers in an excellent, near-turnkey solution for building complex business process integrations.

Cost Analysis

Metaserver provides integration for enterprise applications but does so at an enterprise application price level. Businesses looking for this kind of capability should be ready to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars.

(+) Easy-to-use interface for defining and creating business processes; broad standards and language support.

(-) Design component runs only on Windows systems; turnkey approach may not meet all business integration needs.

Evaluation Short List
  • Microsofts BizTalk Server
  • Sybase Inc.s BPI Suite
  • Vitria Technology Inc.s BusinessWare
  • www.metaserver.com

    Jim Rapoza, Chief Technology Analyst, eWEEK.For nearly fifteen years, Jim Rapoza has evaluated products and technologies in almost every technology category for eWEEK. Mr RapozaÔÇÖs current technology focus is on all categories of emerging information technology though he continues to focus on core technology areas that include: content management systems, portal applications, Web publishing tools and security. Mr. Rapoza has coordinated several evaluations at enterprise organizations, including USA Today and The Prudential, to measure the capability of products and services under real-world conditions and against real-world criteria. Jim Rapoza's award-winning weekly column, Tech Directions, delves into all areas of technologies and the challenges of managing and deploying technology today.

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