Vitria and competitors like CrossWorlds Software are attempting to take some of the pain out of trying to make software written by different companies and running on different systems, work in concert in order to construct more complex systems for new business needs.
For instance, one of Vitria's customers, brokerage house Charles Schwab, is using Vitria's BusinessWare software to link mainframe-based market trading systems, intranet- and extranet-based approval, and order status systems into a single system for automating order management.
Without BusinessWare, or a similar integration tool, Schwab would be forced to hand-code links between systems, which is a much more time consuming, laborious process.
Vitria's BusinessWare 2.0, formerly called Business Agiliti, is among the latest entries in a new category of tools that lets corporate developers quickly link multiple dissimilar applications without extensive hand coding or outside systems integration help, analysts said.
BusinessWare 2.0 combines four components, within a single server, for integrating disparate computer systems into new applications.
The package includes Process Automator, a development tool for integrating applications using business models instead of programming code; Realtime Analyzer, a tool for querying and analyzing data stored in multiple linked applications; Communicator, which acts as a backbone for transferring data among linked applications; and Connectors, which link databases, applications, and other systems to the BusinessWare Server.
BusinessWare 2.0 now more closely resembles a similar product from its chief competitor, CrossWorlds.
Both tools attempt to link systems at a business logic level, rather than through low-level application programming interfaces.
Vitria sells Connectors for linking to packaged software, such as SAP R/3, PeopleSoft, Oracle's Oracle8 database server, IBM's CICS and MQSeries middleware, and Microsoft's Message Queue Server. The company also sells a software development kit for building custom Connectors.
BusinessWare also supports CORBA (common object request broker architecture) and COM (component object model) component architectures.
BusinessWare 2.0 is priced from $60,000.