Manugistics, Acta enter data integration partnership

Manugistics Inc. and ACTA Technology have teamed up to provide high-volume data integration solutions designed to simultaneously optimize a company's supply-side and demand-side business processes.

The companies are scheduled to announce Monday a new joint solution that will feature Acta's high-performance data server as the core integration technology in Manugistics' WebConnect Integrate HVE (High Volume Edition) for large-scale data transfers for application-to-application integration and data warehousing.

The agreement will enable Manugistics' customers to rapidly integrate and use data from all internal and external data sources for analysis of critical information, according to company officials.

"We just started to see a trend in the market with clients needing to access much more data rapidly," said Lori Mitchell-Keller, senior vice president of technology strategy at Manugistics.

WebConnect, powered by the ActaWorks server, will provide users with batch and real-time data integration capabilities with intelligent caching for sharing critical data across the enterprise, she added. The company will be targeting the high-technology, automotive and consumer packaged goods verticals with the new joint solution.

As businesses strive to optimize revenue and profitability, they are recognizing the need to understand their complete supply chain, said Ted Friedman, senior analyst at Gartner. They require integration of supply, demand, customer, and market data to ensure timely and accurate delivery of products and services, he added.

In addition to high-performance data extraction, WebConnect is designed to provide real-time transaction integration via a message broker, enterprise-class multi-user development functionality, and Web-based remote administration and management capabilities.

The company reports it is part of Manugistics' Enterprise Profit Optimization suite, designed to help companies lower operating costs, enhance profitability, and accelerate growth by optimizing the supply-demand network from design and procurement to supply-chain planning and execution.

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