Enosys Software, an XML-based information integration software provider, announced a technology partnership with BEA Systems, in which BEA can leverage elements of Enosys' software portfolio with current and future BEA WebLogic products. The agreement can provide Enosys with a significant distribution channel for its extensible mark-up language (XML) and XQuery software and can provide BEA with leading-edge software technology for the BEA WebLogic Enterprise Platform. The announcement follows recent news of XQuery-based products from Microsoft, Oracle and IBM, as the increasing need for information integration catalyzes XQuery adoption.
XQuery is a W3C standard that provides a vendor-neutral method for accessing, transforming and integrating data from disparate sources. According to IDC, the number of discrete data sources storing mission-critical information has increased exponentially, with an average of four dozen applications and 14 databases deployed throughout the typical Fortune 1000 company.
With the introduction of the XML standard, data from these systems and applications can now be made available for easy access and integration, and XQuery-based EII is the only solution that leverages the XML standard. Enhanced information access can enable more accurate, timely decision-making, shorten sales cycles, and improve customer service and supply chain effectiveness, among other benefits.
"By providing a standard method for query and retrieval of XML data, XQuery is playing the role that SQL did for relational databases in the late eighties," Raj Pai, vice president of Product Marketing for Enosys, told DM Review. "Today's announcement that BEA will leverage our technology with current and future WebLogic products, along with our market education efforts, underscores the progress Enosys has made in establishing our leadership as the foremost provider of XQuery-based EII applications."
"Enterprises today need to rationalize existing access to multiple databases, both to cut administrative costs and to leverage cross-database proprietary information for competitive advantage, and EII gives them the means to do so," said Wayne Kernochan, managing vice president, Software Infrastructure at Aberdeen Group. "In the case of Web services, IT will have done only half the job and reaped half the benefits without EII to supplement the solution. EII is a key missing piece of the Web services puzzle."
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