BEA taps Contivo for data integration

Data modeling and integration company Contivo Inc. this week inked a deal to bundle its Analyst product into BEA Systems Inc.'s WebLogic Integration 7.0 server.

Contivo Analyst is the front-end to Contivo's EIM (Enterprise Integration Modeling) solution, which is designed to analyze, model, and then automate data transformation that takes place during application integration, according to officials at the Mountain View, Calif.-based company. The back-end, Contivo EIM Server, acts as a repository for the data models, making them available for re-use.

According to Contivo officials, the significance of their data integration product lies in its modeling-based approach.

"The other players have data integration, but it is manual, point-to-point mapping from, for example, SAP to Oracle," said Turochas Fuad, director of product management at Contivo. "If there's an upgrade to the Oracle application, you have to do the integration all over again."

Contivo Analyst will enable WebLogic users to build XML maps linking data between internal and external applications. As users import, export, and manage XML documents and schemas, Contivo Analyst acts as the translator, transforming data so it can be understood and shared among all the applications orchestrated across WebLogic Integration 7.0, officials said. These metadata models of various data and message formats are stored for reuse so that coding does not need to be replicated, officials said.

Last month Contivo released Version 3.5 of Contivo EIM that supports Web services and provides better run-time functionality, a new parser, and improved testing and user interfaces.

New features in Version 3.5 include map simulation to test models before runtime, Java support for BEA WebLogic, enhanced XML schema support, additional webMethods platform support, and an XSLT Generator to boost performance and provide smaller XSLT output files.

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