SeeBeyond Adapts To Changes In EAI

Vendor to roll out new, upgraded wares

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EAI technology vendor SeeBeyond said last week it will ship in coming months the pieces of what it calls the Integrated Composite Application Network (ICAN) Suite.

With the maturation of EAI technology, broad usage of application servers and wide acceptance of Web services, SeeBeyond executives said they had to respond to customers' changing needs with a more comprehensive product line.

Accenture's David Plesko: EAI used to be viewed as software product category.

EAI used to be viewed by channel partners and vendors alike as a category of software products, said David Plesko, partner in charge of Accenture's global enterprise integration practice. "[Now] SeeBeyond is expanding the tools [to encompass] the people, the processes and the technology," he said.

Alex Demetriades, senior vice president of products at SeeBeyond, said retaining the flexibility of packaged applications was key in the development of the ICAN Suite, as was supporting a wide range of application servers, Web servers, portal packages and other products customers have invested in.

In addition to upgrading its existing wares, some of which may ship by month's end, SeeBeyond will soon release brand-new products such as eVision Studio 5.0, which will make it easier for solution providers and business users to create interactive Web and wireless applications without programming, Demetriades said.

Also on tap, he said, are eView Studio 5.0, which will help generate so-called single-view applications of specific companies, products or parts; eBAM Studio 5.0, which will aid in the design of Business Activity Monitors to enable realtime alerting and reporting functions for key performance indicators defined by the client; ePortal Composer 5.0, which will help solution providers and their clients create portals that aggregate content and personalize data for end users; and eTL Integrator 5.0, which will help solution providers extract, transform and load very large data sets and build scenarios for how the data is used.

Company sources said the average ICAN Suite customer deployment would start at around $300,000.

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