Peregrine releases Business Integration Suite

Peregrine Systems Inc. on Monday detailed a new suite designed for business integration. The San Diego-based company chose the natural moniker Business Integration Suite for its bundle.

BIS (Business Integration Suite) is a conglomeration of integration-specific technologies including EAI (enterprise application integration), business process integration, automated workflow and network services, business-to-business connectivity, and data transformation in the name of EDI (electronic data interchange) and XML.

"We took the best-of-breed products that we have acquired and technically put them together," said Steve Gaylor, vice president of product marketing.

Peregrine BIS includes integration adapters to back-end systems, such as ERP applications, mainframes, and databases as well as system monitoring capabilities and an application workflow development environment.

The solution also provides a data transformation engine that enables conversions between disparate data formats including various forms of XML, SAP IDOCs, and industry standards such as RosettaNet.

"We see this integration stack as a foundation for applications with accessibility through Web services," said Louis Blatt, executive vice president of Peregrine's solutions group.

Jon Derome, an analyst at Boston-based The Yankee Group Inc., said that the various integration technologies typically address a similar business problem and, in turn, are melding together, albeit slowly.

"There's a need to unify the various ways a company communicates with its partners externally," Derome added. "The vendors are building that because customers are demanding a more unified means of communication."

Peregrine's BIS is available to US customers immediately.

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