Itemfield Inc. this week will announce a partnership with SAP AG that will result in new software capabilities for NetWeaver developers.
The Itemfield Conversion Agent for SAP NetWeaver helps application developers using NetWeaver, SAPs application development and integration platform, better transform unstructured and semistructured data as well as document formats such as Microsoft Corp.s Word and Excel and PDFs into a desired format.
The data transformation, in turn, enables more consistent integration of business processes across NetWeaver applications.
Itemfield, in San Mateo, Calif., will announce the partnership at Gartner Inc.s Application Integration and Web Services Summit in Orlando, Fla.
"The real challenge today—and what may constitute the majority of [IT] costs—is the challenge of getting data formatted," said Itemfield CEO Dan Carmel.
"Its the situation with both EAI [enterprise application integration] and businesses that try to conduct business in a B2B [environment]. ... Whats not handled well is complex data and complex mapping ... and thats what [Itemfields software] is designed to solve."
The Conversion Agent includes Studio, Engine and Libraries components.
The Studio is a graphical development environment in which users can create data transformations.
The Engine is embedded into NetWeaver as either a J2EE (Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition) library or a NetWeaver Exchange Infrastructure adapter module. The Libraries are prepackaged transformations.
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