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Code-named Ohio, the new integration suite is targeted at the higher-level stack layer of business process integration (BPI). The software is currently being tested by some of Sybase's key customers and will be officially released during the first quarter of 2003, said Mike Gordon, senior manager of integration product management at Sybase.
Ohio combines Sybase's Ebiz Integrator with its Process Server to offer a marriage of EAI tools and BPM software, said Gordon. "We're offering more functionality than we did before, and it can all be viewed from the perspective of the business process instead of just the message level," he added.
The blended environment serves both as a design tool for creating business process models and a runtime platform on which processes are executed, he said. For example, the suite is designed to let users model process interactions between different applications, J2EE components, Web services and users.
"We think this takes us a major step forward from being about connecting applications only, to allowing customers to take a holistic view of business process integration and [workflow]," Gordon said.
Enterprise application integration and middleware vendors are focusing on the needs of IT executives looking to optimise their infrastructures around business-oriented goals, according to industry analysts. BPI also puts some of the control over integration initiatives into the hands of the business analysts within an organisation who are in the best position to define processes.
Ohio includes a beefed-up version of Sybase's BizTracker product for realtime business activity monitoring, alerts, and notifications.