Apps Target Midmarket Enterprise Integration

 
 
By Lisa Vaas  |  Posted 2003-03-10 Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Magic Software Enterprises Ltd. and Microsoft Corp. both have rolled out software that is designed to enable midsize companies to integrate enterprise applications.

Magic Software Enterprises Ltd. and Microsoft Corp. both have rolled out software that is designed to enable midsize companies to integrate enterprise applications.

Magic last week introduced iBolt Integration Suite, a software package that works with the Irvine, Calif., companys eDeveloper application development tools to enable companies to connect and monitor transactions across heterogeneous environments and then change business processes as business requirements change.

The iBolt integration engine has four tiers: an execution platform, a business rules engine, a message broker and a workflow engine.

iBolts Integration Flow Editor provides a tool for designing and modeling projects. The suite also includes Integration Flows Components that are essentially smart connectors and adapters used to connect business logic across applications.

Developers can show the product of an integration in an enterprise portal.

Meanwhile, Microsoft, of Redmond, Wash., late last month made available an adapter that connects its BizTalk Server 2002 integration software with its SQL Server database. BizTalk Adapter for SQL Server enables developers to read and write to any SQL Server database installation from BizTalk Server 2002.

BizTalk already uses SQL Server as its underlying message store. With the adapter, organizations will be able to perform operations such as receiving an electronic invoice and validating the amount of the invoice against the corresponding amount on the purchase order issued against the invoice.

To accomplish such a task, the company would establish a workflow procedure with BizTalk Server that looked up and read the value in a line-of-business database and compared it with the invoice amount. If the amount were equal to or less than the expected value, the document would continue down the prescribed path. Otherwise, it would be stopped and reviewed by a user.

 
 
 
 
Lisa Vaas is News Editor/Operations for eWEEK.com and also serves as editor of the Database topic center. Since 1995, she has also been a Webcast news show anchorperson and a reporter covering the IT industry. She has focused on customer relationship management technology, IT salaries and careers, effects of the H1-B visa on the technology workforce, wireless technology, security, and, most recently, databases and the technologies that touch upon them. Her articles have appeared in eWEEK's print edition, on eWEEK.com, and in the startup IT magazine PC Connection. Prior to becoming a journalist, Vaas experienced an array of eye-opening careers, including driving a cab in Boston, photographing cranky babies in shopping malls, selling cameras, typography and computer training. She stopped a hair short of finishing an M.A. in English at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. She earned a B.S. in Communications from Emerson College. She runs two open-mic reading series in Boston and currently keeps bees in her home in Mashpee, Mass.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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