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EAI players add higher-value capabilities

Enterprise application integration (EAI) companies are hunting the higher ground of business process integration (BPI) as open...

Enterprise application integration (EAI) companies are hunting the higher ground of business process integration (BPI) as open standards and XML start to strip specialisation from the lower end of the integration market.

At the Gartner Application Integration and Web Services Conference in Chicago this week, Vitria Technology boosted its stake in BPI, overhauling its Businessware platform for a "solutions-based" approach to process modelling and lifecycle management.

Meanwhile, Tibco Software is expected to release a beta of the next major version of its flagship ActiveEnterprise platform next month. It features a BPI component and will be available in February 2003.

Other EAI players, such as webMethods, SeeBeyond Technology and Sybase, continue to build BPI capabilities into their integration suites.

The move to add higher-value capabilities to EAI middleware comes at a time when pressure is mounting from the market's lower end. Next week, Sun plans to release its SunONE (Open Net Environment) Application Server 7.

"EAI vendors can no longer count on publish-and-subscribe and messaging solutions," said Shawn Willett, principal analyst at Current Analysis. "They will have to move up the ladder with vertical solutions and other offerings that are higher value, not necessarily mass-market."

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