Iway Introduces Brokerless Integration

The technology eliminates the need for message servers.

Information Builders Inc.s system integration subsidiary, iWay Software, announced Monday a new strategy to provide brokerless system integration, which would use pre-built adapters in lieu of a messaging server to enable extraction, transformation and transfer of processes and data among multiple applications.

IWay currently has adapters for linking more than 200 information resources. The adapters "snap into" existing applications, officials said, eliminating the need for custom coding of APIs and application logic analysis. They support Web services integration without customized coding based on J2EE and .Net.

Brokerless integration can also be extended to B2B exchanges that use extensible markup language (XML), electronic data interchange (EDI) and other industry-specific technologies, officials said.

The technology eliminates the need for message servers, such as IBM Corp.s MQSeries, Microsoft Corp. BizTalk and BEA Systems Inc.s WebLogic, but only for a limited number of applications to be integrated, typically three, up to five or six at the most, said iWay officials. More than that requires a message server to act as a business process coordinator.

In a related move Monday, Information Builders announced the addition of 30 new integration adapters for its WebFocus suite of business intelligence software. WebFocus can now access up to 200 data sources without requiring additional programming and generate Web-based reports from that data, officials said.