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While sophisticated EAI (Enterprise Application Integration) systems can cost companies millions, there may be a cheaper alternative sitting on many systems already.
Job scheduler specialist Cybermation, claims that whilst real-time EAI is invaluable in the right circumstances, in some cases there are simpler and cheaper options available.
The company believes many of the issues associated with EAI can be solved with a reliable batch job and task scheduling solution. Which according to Gartner's Milind Govekar, could account for more than 70 per cent of application integration. 'Today, this need is largely fulfilled through manual or uncoordinated pieces of technology processes. Job schedulers have been automating batch processes for decades and are well positioned to provide a reliable and robust solution to meet these requirements.'
Cybermation's technology is claimed to address the problems of co-ordinating processes across distributed systems, something that the mainframe world came to grips with many years previous. Ray Nissan is the founder and chairman of Cybermation. 'Many companies are still using primitive tools on their distributed systems. Because Unix is relatively new in the enterprise compared to the mainframe, there is a dearth of tools and standards. We are finding that a lot more applications require both data and process level integration. Our ESP Espresso cross-platform solution gives a very good return on investment, with better integration and less errors. It takes the manual effort out of integration.