Accenture has developed the Platform Accelerator (APA) in concert with BEA Systems with the aim of helping enterprises build a range of different applications - including online customer support sites and order management systems - more efficiently and less expensively.
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"Most of our architecture work for clients so far has been to fill in the white spaces left because the work was too difficult for them or something their J2EE server did not provide. But what APA does is it helps integrate the whole [BEA-based] platform across the portal and application servers and EAI tools," said Accenture partner Kevin Polari.
One of the purposes of the APA is to help corporate IT groups to simplify the process of integration, thereby freeing them from dealing with the thorny details of their underlying platforms, Polari said.
The APA includes a set of pre-tested codes scripts that can be integrated with other development tools and a series of field-tested guidelines to quicken the pace of delivering e-business-aware applications.
Together the foundation formed by the APA and BEA's WebLogic Platform should supply the framework and necessary components to ingrate and assemble applications and business processes and partner trading communities in hopes of simplifying development for J2EE.
"Integration remains a top priority for our users. Working with systems integrators like Accenture can only help our users to more cost effectively implement our application infrastructure, which should result in faster time-to-value for IT projects," said Chet Kapoor, vice president and general manager in charge of BEA's Weblogic integration strategies.
The APA is one of the centrepieces of the recently announced Accenture Delivery Suite, which is an updated set of methods, tools, and architectures to help the company deliver projects.
Ed Scannell writes for InfoWorld