Peregrine Launches API Factory to Service BEA, IBM

In order to fill a new niche market created by the need for enterprise application integration adaptors, well-known software vendor Peregrine Systems launched a new business unit Monday.

On December 10, Peregrine announced the formation of the Integration Adaptor Factory, which will provide IBM and BEA Systems with integration adaptors based on J2EE and emerging Web services standards.

"One of the things that we observed is that our customers had integration needs," says Nicole Eagan, vice president of platform technology for Peregrine, "and that proprietary enterprise application integration vendors were providing solutions that were too complex and too costly and required a lot of consulting services in order to integrate one application to another."

With the launch of IAF, Eagan says Peregrine is simply responding to the needs of the market. The company already had existing integration adaptors developed that could be quickly deployed to meet the needs of end-users. And with IBM and BEA, the two leading application server providers already adopting J2EE and Web services standards, it made sense to start the company, she says.

"BEA and IBM don't want to be in the business of building adaptors, but they do want adaptors that can plug into their application servers and that their sales force can sell as part of larger application and integration deals," says Eagan.

“Standards help create an ecosystem that changes the economics of adapter development,” says Ivan Koon, division president, BEA Systems. “J2EE Connector Architecture creates an environment for vendors specializing in adapter creation, such as Peregrine, to profit and encourages ISVs to create their own standardized adapters. This environment ultimately accelerates customers’ time to market, increases flexibility and reduces integration and maintenance costs. Our relationship with Peregrine enables BEA to provide customers with the critical last mile of enterprise integration.”

Peregrine will be the preferred provider of J2EE Connector Architecture adapters for BEA WebLogic Integration. Under terms of the agreement, BEA will sell and support adapters developed by Peregrine.

BEA will resell three categories of Peregrine-developed adapters: application adapters for enterprise applications such as SAP, Siebel, PeopleSoft and vertical applications; utility adapters for technologies such as email, FTP flat files and others; and technology adapters for common systems such as databases and mainframes.

Peregrine is scheduled to ship the initial set of J2EE Connector Architecture adapters for BEA WebLogic Integration in early 2002, with a broad portfolio of adapters expected to be made available through the life of the agreement.

For IBM Peregrine will provide a broad range of integration adapters. Initially, adaptors will be designed to integrate WebSphere MQ Integrator 2.1 and other WebSphere family products with a variety of packaged applications, legacy systems, databases, and technologies. And, as part of the deal, IBM will increase the number of Peregrine products offered as WebSphere Partner Agreement Manager.

"Customers are looking to use industry standards to simplify integration solutions," says Jeff Henry, director of Integration Middleware Marketing at IBM. "IBM has partnered with integration vendors like Peregrine in order to provide a broad range of standards-based product offerings to our customer base."

Peregrine's native XML, Java-based adapters offer a common architecture with a GUI interface. They utilize a wizard-driven, three-step implementation methodology that automatically generates adapter business objects and Document Type Definitions (DTDs). The adapters export DTDs directly eliminating the need for third-party formatters and greatly simplifying integration.

IBM will use the adaptors to offer integration of WebSphere MQ Integrator with packaged applications such as SAP, PeopleSoft, Oracle Applications, JD Edwards, Baan, Siebel, Vantive and Clarify. Peregrine adaptors will also provide database connectivity via RDBMS and JDBC to IBM DB2, Microsoft SQL server and Oracle Database.

For legacy system integration, adaptors feature CICS-based applications and 3270 and 5250 terminals, and they support integration to BEA, TIBCO and a wide variety of technologies, file systems and file formats.

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