Sybase enabling refinement of e-business processes

Sybase this month plans to ship middleware called Business Process Integrator, which enables refinement of e-business processes.

An upgrade of Sybase's integration server, which was acquired as part of the company's acquisition of New Era of Networks, Business Process Integrator enables users "to alter or improve their business processes in addition to doing integration," said Peter Hoversten, CTO of e-business at Sybase, which is based in Emeryville, Calif.

Featuring a rules engine, users can use declarative statements to change processes, such as adding credit or inventory checks to e-business applications.

"Most of e-business today has been Web-enabling order entry," Hoversten said.

"Very often, [e-business applications] don't do things like check credit or check inventory," Hovertsen said. "Somewhere along the line, you're going to want to enhance the process."

Business Process Integrator is due to ship at the end of October. The product works with Oracle, IBM DB2, Microsoft SQL Server, and Sybase databases.

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