IONA Announces iPORTAL Integrator; Key Component of IONA's E-business
Platform Prepares Enterprises for the New Era of Business Process
iPortal IntegratorTM, IONA's application-to-application integration
solution, provides a point-and-click environment for the integration of
heterogeneous business systems and the automation of internal business
processes. Connecting these applications and systems enables
organizations to capitalize on the opportunities for business process
collaboration such as trading exchanges, supply-chain automation, and
new Web services applications.
"Companies that are adopting B2B strategies to increase the efficiency
and velocity of their businesses need a solid infrastructure to
interconnect their internal applications," said Michael Waclawiczek,
vice president of product management at IONA. "For example, purchase
order processing becomes an order of magnitude more efficient when it
is directly linked to an organization's ERP system. IONA's enterprise
integration strategy, as implemented in iPortal Integrator, assumes
that interconnecting internal applications is the key to successful
Built on an XML and J2EETM-based infrastructure, the iPortal Integrator
combines a scalable JMS messaging infrastructure with an easy-to-use
graphical interface, a business process automation engine, an XML
integration broker, and a transformation engine. iPortal Integrator
also includes a host of highly flexible, intelligent application
adapters for a variety of applications, databases and technology
standards. With support for leading standards such as XML, J2EE, and
CORBA, iPortal Integrator makes it possible for organizations to
leverage their internal application integration efforts to connect
their internal applications and business systems with those of their
partners, suppliers and customers via the Web.
The iPortal Integrator offers the following benefits to customers
wanting to integrate and web-enable their existing software
applications: Independently Acting, Flexible Application Adapters.
Unlike other EAI application adapters, iPortal Integrator's adapters
can independently execute logic, yielding great flexibility and
performance. These non-intrusive adapters provide real-time
communication to and from the applications and allow applications to be
sources and targets of messages without coupling of systems to one
A scalable messaging infrastructure supports the changing and dynamic
needs of today's applications and the ability to scale across the
enterprise. This distributed messaging infrastructure is built on a
standard JMS implementation and permits de-coupled and asynchronous
messaging between components with high scalability and reliability. The
iPortal Integrator engine provides a scalable, distributed message
routing and transformation broker. Messages are sent by source
applications, routed and transformed by a distributed set of services,
and sent to the target destinations.
iPortal Integrator's other graphical design and deployment tools enable
easy message extraction, transformation definition, and deployment
administration. These easy-to-use tools permit rapid integration of
systems. iPortal Integrator's graphical Business Process Engine makes
it possible for non-technical users to describe and manage business
transactions and processes. The engine generates logic supporting
integration transactions that may range in duration from seconds to
days. The engine supports conditional execution of logic and the
ability to call other processes, allowing reuse of process designs.
Business processes are defined and stored as XML documents, allowing
them to be stored and manipulated through a wide variety of tools.
iPortal Integrator is available in beta and supports Windows NT and
2000, SolarisTM 2.8, HP-UX 11, and AIX 4.3.3. General availability is
scheduled in June of 2001.
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