PeopleSoft Launches E-Commerce Integration Strategy.
With application integration firms increasingly interested in its
business and user base, PeopleSoft International Inc yesterday launched
its own set of tools, application programming interfaces and
partnerships to help users connect its software up to internet
applications, e-commerce systems and legacy systems. The Open
Integration Framework, said the company, will provide internet-enabled
APIs and "fully embrace" the XML Extensible Markup Language.
PeopleSoft first began talking about its plans to hook up to e-
commerce systems early in March, when it pledged support for Microsoft
Corp's e-commerce and application integration framework called
BizTalk (CI No 3,612), which also emphasizes support for XML.
PeopleSoft now says its own framework and integration technology will
be available in controlled release from the fourth quarter of 1999 and
will become generally available with PeopleSoft 8 in the first half of
2000. As part of the announcement PeopleSoft announced partnerships
with enterprise application integration middleware vendors such as
Active Software Inc, BEA Systems Inc, CrossWorlds Software Inc, New Era
of Networks Inc, ObTech Inc, OnDisplay Inc, Software Technologies
Corporation and TSI International Software. Rival enterprise software
house SAP AG is still attempting to keep its distance from the new breed
of EAI companies, which pose a threat to the continued sale of large
and expensive suites of proprietary software from single vendors.
Although PeopleSoft already has a set of existing integration tools and
APIs, the new internet-enabled set is expected to include APIs for
application messaging, business components and business interlink.
Application messaging will enable both Peoplesoft applications and
third party systems to publish data based on business events via XML
and HTTP, so that subscribing applications can receive transactions
over the internet with full security. The business APIs are intended to
enable application developers to plug into PeopleSoft business
processes without having to know the details of the underlying data
structures or embedded business logic. PeopleSoft plans to distribute
STC's DataGate software, which links its applications up to
SAP's R/3 and other products, and will jointly distribute
Neon's EAI products, including MQSeries Integrator and Impact,
through an expansion of the existing VAR agreement with Neon. They will
sell the products to new markets such as financial services,
telecommunications and healthcare.