An upgrade to WRQ Inc.s Verastream integration software enables IT departments to reuse applications and business logic when linking new software to existing enterprise data sources.
With Verastream 9.0, users can build a central repository of interchangeable components that identify and expose hidden business logic and data in legacy host systems, call centers, Web-self- service software and customer relationship management applications. This saves the time and effort of writing new code, according to company officials.
Version 9.0, released last week, provides visual tools to model business processes and build new composite applications by dragging and dropping componentized business functions. The composite applications then reuse portions of legacy applications to support new uses.
In addition to the Verastream 9.0 product set, the Seattle-based developer last week announced the availability of several products, including Verastream Host Integrator 4.5, Vera- stream Integration Broker 9.0 and Vera- stream for Siebel Systems Inc.s Siebel eBusiness Applications. Key enhancements to the suite include upgraded business process management, legacy integration and message services modules.
In addition to synchronous messaging, WRQ added asynchronous messaging support in Verastream 9.0. Full Java Message Service- compliant messaging services enable integration with other message-based systems.
Saving development time was a big bonus to Verastream user D.J. Buell, IT director at catalog company Musicians Friend Inc.
"We used to call it screen scraping—then [the application would] pipe back and read the screen again. But what WRQ has developed is object-oriented, and you can reuse that component," said Buell, in Medford, Ore.
"Codingwise, its going to look very similar to hooking up to a database, when actually I am connecting to my host application. So with all the work thats gone into developing the host app, this saves us from having to redevelop all that stuff," Buell said.