Italian Manufacturer Picks TIBCO for SOA Project
July 31, 2007 Alex Woodie
Elica, an Italian company that has built a reputation for making some of the world’s most desirable cooking hoods, has selected integration specialist TIBCO Software to provide the products that will form the backbone of a new service oriented architecture (SOA) residing on top of existing systems, including OS/400-based ERP systems.
With sales of more than 5 million cooking hoods per year, Elica Group, which was formed in the 1970s, has become the predominant manufacturer of cooking hoods in much of Europe. A recent string of acquisitions has challenged the company’s IT department and its ability to integrate disparate systems, including front-end order management systems and back-end billing and ERP systems, which reside primarily on OS/400 servers. As a result, the company embarked on a search for an application integration software vendor that could provide a clear path to SOA, and away from messy point-to-point connections.
“We short-listed TIBCO along with two other integration vendors, but [TIBCO’s product] BusinessWorks stood out because of its independent platform-neutral support for heterogeneous IT and SOA environments,” said Massimo Lo Campo, Elica’s CIO. “This ensures we are not tied to any one vendor, ultimately giving us the power of choice.”