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Jitterbit goes open source for application 'glue'

The self-funded start-up looks to simplify application integration with plug-ins and a free product.

A start-up company called Jitterbit has set out to enter the crowded market for integration software using open source and a modular product design.

The company, which is expected to release an update to its namesake software on Monday, has developed software for transferring data from one application to another.

For example, a company could use the server for moving an order transaction from an e-commerce system to its customer support database.

This application-to-application integration software is meant to complement lower-level messaging software, such as an enterprise service bus product, said Sharam Sasson, the president and CEO of Jitterbit.

There are a number of open-source integration servers, including ServiceMix and Mule, that are built around standards, such as Java Messaging Service and Java Business Integration.

Jitterbit has developed its software to be extensible by open-source developers, Sasson said. The product comes with client-side software for designing programs that suit a specific purpose, such as integration between SAP and Peoplesoft applications.

These individual integration programs, or "Jitterpaks," can be shared with others and extended, which will speed up installation time, Sasson said.

"We believe incumbent commercial integration vendors have done great disservice in the industry because they made the task of integration overly complex for a vast majority of cases," he said.

The company's product performs a function similar to that performed by an .

But by having a free product and encouraging third-party add-ons, Jitterbit expects to reach a broader audience, Sasson said.