App integration becoming increasingly important

Application integration will increasingly be the first step in development, an executive from Forte Software said yesterday.

Speaking at a briefing on the company's new enterprise application integration solution, Forte Fusion, John Spiers, marketing director, Enterprise Application Integration (EAI) Unit, Forte Software, said application integration is becoming an increasingly important aspect of organisation's IT systems and business processes, especially for those companies that are moving towards e-business.

"The shift in the market towards EAI became increasingly visible in the last six months," Spiers said.

"The biggest driver towards integration is the move towards e-business. Systems have to be compelling to the customer, companies need to ensure their business process are integrated."

However, according to Spiers, despite many customers being ready to deploy new solutions now, the market will not really take off until 2000.

"The market is going to move very quickly. Many enterprise vendors will start to move toward EAI," Spiers said.

"It is important that we are relatively early and make a significant impact early on," he said.

Forte Software this week launches its EAI solution, Forte Fusion, to the Australian market.

Encompassing all the critical elements of a comprehensive integration infrastructure, Forte Fusion includes a business process engine, an integrated development environment, multiplatform support and a choice of technologies for messaging, adapters and data transformation.

According to Duncan Bennet, managing director for Forte Software Australia and New Zealand, the company expects to have its first Fusion customer signed up by the end of the month.

Bennet said Forte Software is targeting, telecommunication providers, financial organisations and government agencies and expects two of the first three local customers to be government agencies.

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