Data Junction offers enhanced integration platform

cc Inc. on Monday is announcing availability of Integration Architect and enhanced Integration Engines, with the goal of offering a single data integration platform for projects of all sizes.

The company's product lineup will enable both Fortune 100-size and small- and medium-size businesses to integrate information between multiple applications, according to Data Junction. Integration Architect also leverages Web services, enabling, for example, access to an application exposed via a Web services interface, said Michael Hoskins, president of Data Junction, in Austin, Texas.

Integration Architect provides for real-time data integration and introduces integration broker technology that expands on the company's ETL (Extraction, Translation, and Loading) offerings, Data Junction said.

The product features an integrated development environment including: Explorer, for viewing integration processes; Integration Process Designer, for building event-driven message flows; Integration Map Designer, featuring a new interface and providing for data map and transformation designs; Adaptor Schema Designer, an interface for designing record layouts of source and target data; and Document Schema Designer, a Java-based tool for developing structures from schema standards such as EDI (Electronic Data Interchange) and HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act). Also available from within Integration Architect are Extract Schema Designer, formerly known as Content Extractor, for coding of scripts, and GoPeep, a data browser.

The bundling provides for ease of use, Hoskins said. "The truth is, integration is all one problem," he said.

An analyst said Data Junction, with Integration Architect and accompanying application adapters, was shifting from more of an ETL focus to data integration.

"They're targeting products at integration as a general discipline," said analyst Benoit Lheureux, a research director for Gartner, which is based in Stamford, Conn.

Integration Engine, Data Junction's integration process execution engine, is to be available as a 24-by-7 service resident in memory for event-driven, real-time integration scenarios. It will also be offered as an Integration/Message, as a JCA service or as an SNMP agent.

With Integration Engine, data can be integrated from structured record sets, such as ASCII and ISAMS, documents with canonical form, such as EDI and XML, and unstructured data, such as reports and e-mail.

The company's platform also now features an XML-based metadata repository for managing and exchanging data and the corresponding integration process.

Integration Architect is priced at US$2,000 per seat while Integration Engine costs from US$10,000 to US$100,000.

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