Two open source vendors combine on app integration platform

Open source vendors MindTouch and SnapLogic have jointly developed an enterprise application integration platform aimed at mid-tier companies.

Business Application Integration is designed to bring traditional integration such as enterprise application integration (EAI) or Extraxct, Tranfor, Load (ETL) to those that traditionally could not afford the technology. And it is designed to reach over the firewall into data stored in cloud-based applications. The combination provides both the integration engine and a presentation layer for the data. And both platforms use similar RESTful, Web-oriented architectures, and are designed for extensibility and scalability.

MindTouch and SnapLogic announced the partnership this week that ties together SnapLogic’s DataFlow Server and MindTouch 2009.

MindTouch 2009 offers a platform for creating, aggregating and sharing information regardless of form. It is part wiki, portal and application server, and includes integration with Microsoft productivity tools, database and CRM adapters, charting tools, and directory integration.

SnapLogic, which was named by Network World in 2008 as an open source company to watch, offers an open source data integration framework for integrating data on both sides of the enterprise firewall.

DataFlow Server includes links to and SugarCRM. The platform lets users integrate software-as-a-service data with data behind the firewall on the back of reusable “snap-together” components and a browser-based design tool to create those integrations. The company was founded by Gaurav Dhillon, the founder and former CEO of Informatica.

“We put together package that is ETL, EAI with the presentation layer,” says Aaron Fulkerson, CEO of MindTouch. “Nobody has applied enterprise 2.0 to this space. In order to do this deployment, your alternative would be to buy Tibco or Oracle components and the licensing alone would be a few hundred thousand dollars.”

The platform, which Fulkerson says can be up and in less than a day, is discount priced at $4,99550 for 50 users through Dec. 31, 2009.

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