- Software Hits Market with Proven Track Record of Successful Implementations -
Cannes, France, 3 November 2003: InterSystems today unveiled Ensemble, the only integration platform to incorporate the functionality of an integration server, application server, high performance object database and a unified development and management environment in a single, architecturally consistent product. Ensemble takes application integration to the next level by enabling organisations to rapidly implement new business solutions that enhance the value of existing applications, orchestrate new business processes and integrate data across the enterprise.
"InterSystems recognises that high costs and protracted implementations are formidable barriers to the success of integration projects," says InterSystems Vice President of Strategic Planning, Paul Grabscheid. "With Ensemble, weâre delivering a comprehensive architecturally consistent product that enables extremely fast integration and eliminates the excessive complexity and services costs typical of the âtechnology assemblyâ approach of integration projects."
Ensemble is an addition to InterSystemsâ software product line, which includes the high performance post-relational CACHÃ database. "For more than two decades, InterSystems has delivered high performance, extremely scalable, enterprise-level infrastructure software that supports rapid application development and deployment," says InterSystems Managing Director of Enterprise Application Integration, Trevor Matz.
"Our software has been successfully deployed on more than 100,000 systems worldwide. Building on that proven expertise, Ensemble provides the performance, rapid implementation and ease of management that are the hallmarks of InterSystemsâ technology. Ensembleâs unique architecture provides the power required to integrate the most complex systems quickly and efficiently, overcoming the barriers associated with integration projects today."
Partnership-centric Business Model
Committed to helping Ensemble users maximise rapid realisation of its benefits, InterSystems is partnering with highly talented professional services organisations to fulfil the requirements for implementation services typical of virtually every major integration project.
"InterSystems has always focused on creating innovative world-class software while not competing with partners who build comprehensive solutions with our technology. Continuing this twenty-five year partnership-centric business model, our approach is to leverage the implementation expertise of services specialists and focus our implementation involvement on project architecture and on fulfilling our total commitment to the overall success of every Ensemble project," Matz says.
Grapevine Solutions is a privately-owned Irish-based IT company that provides leading edge products and software development services.
"We believe that Ensemble has the potential to bring benefits to our complete mix of clients, from semi-state enterprises to financial organisations and from telecom providers to healthcare institutions," says Jim Brennan, business development manager, Grapevine Solutions Ltd.
"In fact, the system would benefit any multi-structured application or technology-based enterprise that is experiencing change and needs to access different departmental systems seamlessly across the entire enterprise.
"We see Ensemble as a major facilitator of change management. It enables companies to retain their investment in legacy systems while building-in support and flexibility to facilitate future technology development," continues Brennan. "Combining rapid application development with an extensive adaptersâ library, it provides comprehensive enterprise application integration."
Unique Fusion of Technologies Delivers Breakthrough Results
Ensemble excels at enabling rapid creation of composite applications - new strategic business solutions that integrate the functionality of existing applications, new business process logic, and data from across the enterprise. Itâs a comprehensive platform that delivers the capabilities required for the rapid implementation of even the most complex enterprise application integration initiatives. Ensemble features:
-Full-Spectrum Integration and Development - A unified graphical, XML and code-based development environment accelerates modelling and automating business processes for business analysts and developers and supports rapid, service-oriented development of composite applications that leverage existing data and functionality.
-Universal Service Architecture - Consistent, efficient object representation of disparate programming models and data formats enables use of the latest, most powerful development tools and technologies to access legacy data and functionality as reusable .NET or J2EE components, Web Services or XML. The risk of being locked into J2EE- or .NET-specific products is eliminated, and flexibility is maximised.
-Persistent Object Engine - A distributed, high performance, ultra-scalable, SQL-compliant object database, manages and stores all metadata, messages and process state information, without the costs and overhead typical of relational databases. Organisations receive all of the benefits of object technology, as well as real-time access to both live and previously processed messages for auditing and business activity monitoring (BAM), and high reliability and recoverability for long-running business processes.
-Customisable End-to-End Management - Easily customisable, extensible and seamlessly integrated management and monitoring facilities support rapid problem diagnosis and debugging, making it possible to optimise service levels and minimise staff burdens by automatically monitoring critical resources and generating alerts specific to any enterprise. As a result, operating expenses are reduced, and the potential for problems associated with using multiple tools from diverse vendors disappears.
Rapid Integration and Proven Results
Excessively complex integration products typically require years of implementation effort and are, all too often, expensive failures. In contrast, Ensemble provides a unique fusion of power and ease. As a result, business objectives can be fulfilled in exceptionally tight timeframes - a competitive differentiator key to the success of early Ensemble projects.
"In just 90 days, we were able to prototype a composite application that integrates information from five systems, all of which use different database structures and connectivity approaches," says Ben Harris, Deputy Secretary Operations and Information Technology for the Florida Department of Children and Families.
"After examining other products, it was clear that Ensembleâs ability to combine all of the integration technologies we needed in a single, seamless solution would result in less complexity and a significant decrease in time and cost than other approaches," Harris continues. Based on the success of the pilot, the agency is now involved in a statewide Web rollout of the Ensemble-based composite application that will eventually integrate information from 59 systems.
According to Fernando Vogt, director of system integrator Interconnections, "Our client, Petrobras, is the largest company in Latin America with revenues of about $30B. They were extremely impressed that Ensemble enabled us to go live with a project that involved integrating a multitude of heterogeneous applications and databases in less than four months.
"The speed of this project was particularly impressive because it was so complex, consisting of many different databases, plus new and legacy applications, from SAP, Vantive, and IBM among others. "
"BR Distributor, a fuel distribution subsidiary of Petrobras, is now running an Ensemble-based composite application to integrate business data via web services with its main customer, Usiminas, one of the most important steel companies in Brazil. This project allows Petrobras to invoice Usiminas electronically, which has brought significant benefits in performance and security."
Pricing and Availability
Ensemble is available immediately on the HP Alpha OpenVMS, HP Alpha Tru64 Unix, HP-UX, IBM AIX, Linux, SunSolaris and Microsoft Windows operating platforms. Ensemble Enterprise license pricing starts at â¬151,250 per CPU.