Application integration can be supplier-independent

Siebel has released what it claims is the industry's first supplier-independent, standards-based application integration...

Siebel has released what it claims is the industry's first supplier-independent, standards-based application integration solution, writes Antony Adshead.

The Universal Application Network (UAN) suite operates in conjunction with an integration server and includes pre-written business processes, business process design tools and integration server software.

The pre-packaged business processes are customisable and upgradeable. Siebel also says they are reusable and once created can be redeployed anywhere in the organisation independent of underlying applications.

Application integration has a variety of benefits for user companies. At the most basic level, for example, a business could put data residing in different legacy environments onto one screen.

In more sophisticated deployments, integration software layers between existing sets of discrete data can enable not just the linking of information but the creation of new business processes.

The pre-packaged process flows in UAN include definitions that orchestrate steps across multiple applications to achieve business objectives. They are built using common objects based on standards such as RosettaNet and OAG specifications. Transformation maps control the mapping of information between application data and common objects.

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