PeopleSoft, TIBCO Focus on App Management at CeBIT

PeopleSoft partners with application management vendors to allow integration with its business applications, while TIBCO unveils software for spotting IT infrastructure snags that could harm business processes.

HANNOVER, GERMANY—PeopleSoft Inc. and TIBCO Software Inc. both announced new offerings at the CeBIT 2004 show here Thursday designed to improve application management through integration.

Each company, however, is taking a different path. PeopleSoft announced an industry partnership program with application management vendors Computer Associates International Inc., Hewlett-Packard Co., IBM Corp., Quest Software Inc., Segue Software Inc. and Veritas Software Corp.

TIBCO announced a new application called the Enterprise Management Advisor, software designed to enable companies to discover interrelationships between their business processeses and technology infrastructures.

As part of its application management development alliances, PeopleSoft will publish application programming interfaces that will allow its partners to integrate their application management platforms with PeopleSoft business applications. Enterprises could then manage both business applications and IT infrastructure through the same interface, according to PeopleSoft officials here.

Specifically, the application management integration will be tied into PeopleSoft Performance Monitor, which monitors business process transaction performance; PeopleSoft Server Administration Workbench, a management tool for PeopleSofts EnterpriseOne applications; and the PeopleSoft Environment Management Framework, which gives administrators control over most PeopleSoft application components in their environments.

PeopleSoft chief technology officer Rick Bergquist said the partnership program is another effort by PeopleSoft to improve and lower the costs of its customers IT management. The program follows up on PeopleSofts December release of its Enterprise Program Management and Enterprise Service Automation (ESA) Portal products, both part of PeopleSofts ESA for IT suite.

"This is another part of PeopleSofts commitment to lower our customers infrastructure costs and require less IT commitment [of resources]," Bergquist said.

TIBCOs Enterprise Management Advisor works with other enterprise management applications such as HP OpenView to spot IT infrastructure issues that could adversely affect business processes, such as bypassing a server that handles transactions if the server is going down.

Similarly, the software can detect changes in business processes, such as an increase in transaction volume, that could require the commitment or reallocation of more IT resources, TIBCO officials said.

The software is designed to detect these issues and alert customers of the appropriate response before the issues affect their systems, officials said.

"Were beyond connecting different systems," said Raj Mistry, manager of solutions deployment at TIBCO. "Integration is about connecting processes across an enterprise."

TIBCO also detailed its Enterprise Integration Planning services, which help customers design an integration strategy; a "center of competency" for developing an organizational model, delineating roles and responsibilities related to system integration and handling staffing and training; and an enterprise integration framework.

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