Commerce One Ships Conductor

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Commerce One late last month shipped Conductor, the next step in the company's evolution away from its B2B origins.

Conductor, which Commerce One Chief Marketing Officer Narry Singh described as a "composite application platform," includes technology from older Commerce One products, technology gained in acquisitions such as that of software developer Exterprise, and new business-process management and EAI features and support.

"Rather than focus on being a packaged-application company, we [decided we] would try to find ways to provide infrastructure and functionality to be able to build out end-to-end processes that would be neutral to the underlying plumbing," Singh said.

Conductor is neutral to a network's EAI investments, its portal or other user front-end interfaces, and its messaging bus, Singh said. "It was our belief that this platform had to co-exist with the infrastructure investments already made," he said.

The Conductor suite includes Process Orchestrator, a runtime engine that lets users create applications using simple drag-and-drop procedures; Registry, for use in managing and storing user information, Web services and reusable data objects such as business documents; systems management capabilities; and other features and components.

Singh said he expects most Conductor deployments to start at about $300,000.

Sethu Nambiar, vice president of collaborative commerce solutions at Satyam Computer Services, a $425 million solution provider based in India, said the company's partnership with Commerce One dates back to 2000.

Conductor's "centralized registry-driven approach [means] most integration problems are reduced to configuration solutions enabling customers to 'connect once,' 'change once' or 'reuse' " the appropriate data objects many times over, Nambiar said. "With its open-standards focus, Conductor is application-vendor-independent and enables best-of-breed applications to work together," he said.

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