Software Provides Glue Between Trading Partners

MONROVIA, CALIF. (03/29/2000) - New software from Software Technologies Corp.

(STC) is designed to interconnect trading partners' back-end legacy applications through the Web.

The new product, called eBusiness Integration Solution, expands on STC's existing eGate Integrator software. That original offering was designed to simplify setting up complex interactions among internal enterprise applications, such as inventory, order entry and manufacturing programs.

The eBusiness Integration Solution includes these server programs:

EBusiness Process Manager, which lets administrators set up and monitor application interactions among trading partners. A company might use the Web to file a purchase order that has to interact with a trading partner's inventory and fulfillment systems. The Process Manager can keep track of long-running interactions, which may be composed of several transactions over time.

EPartner Manager, a package of ANSI X12 electronic data interchange standards and other communications protocols for trading partner communications. The package also includes XML RosettaNet schemas that describe how businesses will exchange data in various interactions, such as what kind of acknowledgement to make to a price inquiry. A graphical interface lets administrators set up a sequence for passing data from enterprise resource planning (ERP) suites, to an XML wrapper, to a communications "envelope" that can be routed through the corporate firewall to a trading partner.

ESecurity Manager, which bundles an array of security standards, algorithms and other features, such as storage of digital certificates.

The overall suite is based on eGate Integrator 4.1, which includes a set of new interfaces between specific off-the-shelf software products. Among the new interfaces is a link between PeopleSoft and SAP human resources and general ledger applications.

Scott Wildy, STC's product marketing manager, says customers are repeatedly baffled by the need to interconnect their e-commerce systems with existing back-end applications.

"Without access to applications like ERP and demand planning, you might as well be receiving orders by fax, because you have to manually copy the data between different systems," he says.

STC's eBusiness Integration Solution has been designed to support an array of different business-to-business interactions, reflecting the current mix of Web commerce and EDI applications, and the diversity of back-end applications.

Available now, the product starts at about $150,000. That figure includes connections with up to three trading partners and with one back office application. The software runs on all Unix platforms and Windows NT.


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