Scribe Facilitates Application Integration, Data Migration

Moving data from proprietary or legacy applications to new client-server and e-business environments is a difficulty faced by most organizations. Through the years, several vendors have introduced so-called rapid application development (RAD) data integration and migration tools to capitalize on this increasingly important market segment. Migrate 2.0 and Integrate 2.0 from Scribe Software Corp. ( are two RAD tools of note that are enjoying great market success.

According to Scribe representatives, the company’s Migrate 2.0 and Integrate 2.0 products help customers cost-effectively migrate and integrate data from a variety of sources -- both legacy and proprietary -- without the need for a lot of custom programming.


Scribe positions Migrate and Integrate as ideally suited for RAD efforts that involve both enterprise resource planning (ERP) and e-business projects, as well as for more conventional data migration initiatives from one application or database environment to another. More specifically, says Scribe CEO and president Jim Leavey, Migrate and Integrate products can help organizations that want to move data from proprietary, legacy ERP, or customer relationship management (CRM) software to new environments from specialty vendors, such as The Baan Co. (, Applix Inc.(, or Siebel Systems Inc. (


"Scribe Migrate and Scribe Integrate allow our customers to meet all of their data migration and integration needs, particularly as it relates to customer relationship management and other complex data," Leavey explains, "Whether integrating e-business information into existing ERP or CRM software, or deploying legacy and disparate data to service organizations, our best-of-breed solution provides rapid, cost-effective, and painless data integration, without custom programming."


Scribe Software publishes enterprise application adapters that can automate data integration tasks by interfacing with ERP and front-office applications from vendors such as Applix, Baan, SalesLogix Corp. ( ), and Oracle Corp. (, among others. Scribe’s enterprise application adapters let application developers migrate data to these environments, and also create customized templates to store, reuse, and more easily distribute information.


Migrate 2.0 and Integrate 2.0 make up Scribe’s data migration and application integration portfolio, each performing different functions in the overall Scribe framework. Scribe Migrate leverages a GUI-based environment that allows customers to move data from heterogeneous applications with little custom programming. According to company representatives, Migrate can accomplish this by incorporating automatic data and field mapping into its development environment. Migrate also employs reusable and customizable templates, which allow customers to change or reformat business application data more efficiently.


If Migrate is the piece that helps customers move data from one application or database environment to another, Integrate 2.0 provides the enabling "glue" that facilitates the Scribe framework’s overall application integration capabilities. Scribe representatives say Integrate can enable many two-way application integration schemes, such as front office-to-back office integration, full bidirectional integration, and the integration of legacy applications and database environments.


John Green, a manager of network product services engineering at Intervoice-Brite Inc. (, a provider of interactive voice response systems, is a long-time user of Scribe’s data migration and application integration solutions. While he hasn’t yet deployed the newest version of Migrate or Integrate, Green says he has tested both products and looks forward to taking advantage of the enhanced features the tools provide.

"We have been using Scribe Software to manage our data migration and integration projects this year, and we have been very satisfied with the powerful capabilities of the technology," Green says. "In addition, we have been involved in testing the new functionality and are looking forward to upgrading to version 2.0. It offers data integration with international standards, which we really need to serve our customers better."