Tibco readies unified interface, Business Studio 2.0

New software streamlines interface for developers, architects, operations people, and help desk personnel

Tibco Software is set to announce a unified interface to its products, called Tibco One, and also will unveil Business Studio Version 2.0 for business process modeling.

Both the interface and Business Studio 2.0 are being announced at the Tibco User Conference in San Francisco. The company's Tibco One project is intended to present a streamlined interface for developers, architects, operations people, and help desk personnel, said Matt Quinn, Tibco vice president of product strategy. Tibco One is a companywide project to help users build infrastructure applications.

To be released in phases beginning in the third quarter of 2007 and concluding in the second quarter of 2008, Tibco One is based on Business Studio and the Eclipse platform. It is customizable but presents the same interface to everyone, said Quinn, who also described Tibco One as providing a unified user experience. Business Studio represents the first phase.

"Today, you have individual product lines, and each has its own developer interface, so you need to become an expert in multiple [roles]. What we're doing with Tibco One is reducing the time it takes to learn a new component," Quinn said.

After the Business Studio release, Tibco One will be added to the company's BusinessWorks service integration and ActiveMatrix service virtualization products. Afterward, it will be put on the company's BusinessEvents product for complex event processing and ObjectStar for integrating mainframes into an SOA.

Business Studio Version 2.0, due in May, helps orchestrate people and systems in a business process. The new release supports Business Processing Modeling Notation 1.0.

"[Business Studio Version 2.0] has added a lot more support for very complex business processes and also better support for how models are created when they interact with systems like Web services and humans," Quinn said.

Also featured in Business Studio 2.0 are capabilities to export models to other tools, such as Tibco's BusinessWorks. Collaboration capabilities in version 2.0 enable people such as a corporate developer and a line manager to work together. Word documents or Excel spreadsheets could be used as the basis for modeling an end-to-end process, said Quinn.

"This enables multiple business and technology people to participate in the design of a business process," Quinn said.

XPDL (XML Process Definition Language) 2.0 also is supported in Business Studio 2.0. Data domain models can be developed using a drag-and-drop capability from a Unified Modeling Language palette. Enhanced reporting is featured as well.

Business Studio Version 2.0 is due to ship in May.

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