Business Integration Via Open Source


Business integration software has long been the exclusive playground of
proprietary closed source vendors.

But a new open source startup called
Jitterbit is hoping to change the landscape a bit with its newly
released Jitterbit 1.0 platform.


Jitterbit’s self-named business integration software enables
users, on either Windows or Linux, to integrate and connect data from
diverse applications, whether they’re CRM , ERP , data
warehouse or other data stores.

The data can be connected via XML or any
number of other different protocols, including SOAP , ODBC
, HTTP and FTP .


With the 1.0 release, Jitterbit is including its own bit of integration
magic in the form of “Jitterpacks,” XML documents that include a
pre-defined Jitterbit integration scenario.

Jitterpaks enable users to
quickly set up their integration to take advantage of re-use scenarios that
others in the Jitterbit open source community may have already solved.


Jitterbit is licensed under the Jitterbit public license, which is a
derivative of the Mozilla Public License (MPL) under which the Firefox Web
browser is released.

There is a Community and a Professional version of the
software, with the key difference between the two being professional support
and consulting.

The Community version is free, and the Professional
version runs $9,995.


Jitterbit co-founder and CEO Sharam Sasson claims that the barriers to
adopting Jitterbit are very low as long as the product meets customers’
requirements.

Since the product beta was first made available in February
of this year, Jitterbit has been downloaded over 3400 times according to
Sasson.


“This is a very significant number in the application integration market where
vendors spend six to 12 months trying to sell their solution to a customer,”
Sasson told internetnews.com.

“The Jitterbit business model has
customers downloading and applying Jitterbit to solve their integration
problems before they have to consider a commercial relationship with
Jitterbit for professional support and maintenance services.”


The Business Integration software space is full of large enterprise vendors
such as IBM, webMethods, Tibco and even Microsoft. Jitterbit isn’t
necessarily going after the large enterprises though.


“Jitterbit typically replaces the scripting and coding that small and mid-sized organizations write all the time to fulfill very specific
point-to-point integration requirements between two applications, or between
files and applications,” Sasson said.

“The customers that we have a
commercial relationship with have told us that their alternative was
Microsoft BizTalk, and they chose Jitterbit due to its simplicity and open
source nature.”


Sasson did admit though that Jitterbit does not currently have all the
connectivity and tools that satisfy every customer’s integration needs, but
they’re working on it.


“Every major release of the product from this point will add more to the
tools and the ability to connect to different types of systems with
contributions from the open source community,” Sasson explained. “This
should broaden the adoption of the product.”

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