Integration suite borrows app functions

Database vendor InterSystems Corp. this week introduced an integration platform called Ensemble, which it will target to users of its object database, Cache, in the Defense and Veterans Affairs departments.

Ensemble packages the Cambridge, Mass., company's Cache database manager with an application server, message engine and business process management software. The components all have the same look and feel.

Ensemble can piece together composite applications using functions from other apps to shorten coding work, said Paul Grabscheid, vice president of strategic planning for InterSystems.

Claiming more than 100,000 users, InterSystems specializes in databases for the health care market. VA and DOD medical facilities are the largest government users of Cache, Grabscheid said. VA increasingly must split medical charges with outside insurance coverage, such as spousal policies, but VA itself doesn't have an insurance billing system, he said.

The Florida Department of Children and Families, a beta tester of Ensemble, built a pilot system that integrates information from five databases, Grabscheid said. Eventually it will draw information from all 59 systems the department now uses.

Ensemble pricing starts at $125,000 per CPU. The software runs under Hewlett-Packard OpenVMS, Tru64 Unix and HP-UX; IBM AIX; Linux; Microsoft Windows and Sun Solaris.

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Joab Jackson is the senior technology editor for Government Computer News.

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