Liaison Connects to Clouds with Updated EAI Offering
November 27, 2012 Alex Woodie
Liaison Technologies is close to shipping new versions of Electronic Commerce Server (ECS) and Delta, two components of its enterprise application integration (EAI) offering. The big feature here is a new cloud connector in ECS 7.0 that will simplify the process of integrating cloud-based applications and data with on-premise resources.
ECS and Delta offer complementary capabilities in the area of application integration, and together make up a complete EAI solution. ECS is the engine that moves data across platforms and protocols; it also includes managed file transfer (MFT) functionality. Delta, meanwhile, is a universal data mapping and translation solution that converts data from one format (such as EDI, delimited data files, OLE databases, XML, or HTML) into another.
With ECS 7.0, Liaison has delivered a new cloud connector that Liaison claims provides trading partners with “one-click” connectivity to ECS. It has also delivered new security group settings, new capabilities for monitoring and onboarding partners, and a new SOAP-based API. Liaison says Delta 6.0 is “optimized” for newer operating systems, and delivers additional improvements in the areas of mapping and database testing.
Liaison made a big move to the cloud earlier this year with its acquisition of Hubspan, which sells access to its cloud-based EAI service, called WebSpan SaaS Integration Platform. WebSpan offers much of the data translation and delivery capabilities that ECS and Delta offer, but does it within its cloud environment. It will be interesting to see how Liaison manages the interplay of its on-premise and cloud-based integration solutions going forward.