August 28, 2006 12:55 PM PDT
Jitterbit goes open source for application 'glue'
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The company, which is expected to release an update to its namesake software on Monday, has developed software for transferring data from one application to another.
For example, a company could use the server for moving an order transaction from an e-commerce system to its customer support database.
This application-to-application integration software is meant to complement lower-level messaging software, such as an enterprise service bus product, said Sharam Sasson, the president and CEO of Jitterbit.
Jitterbit has developed its software to be extensible by open-source developers, Sasson said. The product comes with client-side software for designing programs that suit a specific purpose, such as integration between SAP and Peoplesoft applications.
These individual integration programs, or "Jitterpaks," can be shared with others and extended, which will speed up installation time, Sasson said.
"We believe incumbent commercial integration vendors have done great disservice in the industry because they made the task of integration overly complex for a vast majority of cases," he said.
The company's product performs a function similar to that performed by an appliance offered by Cast Iron Systems.
But by having a free product and encouraging third-party add-ons, Jitterbit expects to reach a broader audience, Sasson said.
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