Jitterbit Enters Crowded Open-Source Integration SpaceBy Renee Boucher Ferguson | Posted 2006-05-22 Email Print
The young company looks to differentiate itself with a focus on SMBs and with Jitterpaks, which synchronize customer data across different sales teams in an organization.
A new open-source integration company, Jitterbit, is jostling to distinguish itself in an increasingly crowded marketplace through two factors: published, predefined integration documents, called Jitterpaks; and a focus on small and midsize businesses.
Jitterbit announced May 22 the availability of its namesake Community Edition and Professional Edition suites (the first open source, the second paid for) that provide a relatively simple way to integrate applications, data and Web services using the predefined integration documents.
Available for both Windows and Linux operating systems, Jitterbit's software allows users to connect XML, databases and simple and hierarchical files using most major transport protocols.
Users are also able to integrate source and target systems, transform data, and define events and exception handling for tracking purposes, officials said.
The bigger picture, though, is that Jitterbit's user community is able to leverage the company's so-called Jitterpaks to get the jump on integration projects.
"In the integration space, one of the biggest issues is no one is sharing integration information," said Ilan Sehayek, Jitterbit's vice president of engineering, in Alameda, Calif.
"Everyone starts integration projects from scratch. Even if there is an introspection tool, it doesn't give you the expertise that is already known about how to talk to systems. There's a big effort out there today and people don't share it."
Sehayek said it is a similar scenario with system architectures, where IT professionals consistently find themselves coding from scratch.
"To share code between systems or share code in the database, you have to go in, look at the code, recompile it and test it again. It takes a big effort," said Sehayek.
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