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Software Hits Market with Proven Track Record of Successful Implementations

Cambridge, Mass.—November 3, 2003—InterSystems Corporation today unveiled Ensemble, the only integration platform to incorporate the functionality of an integration server, application server, high performance object database and a unified development and management environment in a single, architecturally consistent product. Ensemble takes application integration to the next level by enabling organizations to rapidly implement new business solutions that enhance the value of existing applications, orchestrate new business processes and integrate data across the enterprise.

“InterSystems recognizes that high costs and protracted implementations are formidable barriers to the success of integration projects,” says InterSystems Vice President of Strategic Planning Paul Grabscheid. “With Ensemble, we’re delivering a comprehensive architecturally consistent product that enables extremely fast integration and eliminates the excessive complexity and services costs typical of the ‘technology assembly’ approach of integration projects.”

Ensemble is an addition to InterSystems’ software product line, which includes the high performance post-relational CACHÉ database. “For more than two decades, InterSystems has delivered high performance, extremely scalable, enterprise-level infrastructure software that supports rapid application development and deployment,” says InterSystems Managing Director of Enterprise Application Integration Trevor Matz. “Our software has been successfully deployed on more than 100,000 systems worldwide. Building on that proven expertise, Ensemble provides the performance, rapid implementation and ease of management that are the hallmarks of InterSystems’ technology. Ensemble’s unique architecture provides the power required to integrate the most complex systems quickly and efficiently, overcoming the barriers associated with integration projects today.”

Partnership-centric Business Model

Committed to helping Ensemble users maximize rapid realization of Ensemble benefits, InterSystems is partnering with highly talented professional services organizations to fulfill the requirements for implementation services typical of virtually every major integration project. “InterSystems has always focused on creating innovative world-class software while not competing with partners who build comprehensive solutions with our technology. Continuing this twenty-five year partnership-centric business model, our approach is to leverage the implementation expertise of services specialists and focus our implementation involvement on project architecture and on fulfilling our total commitment to the overall success of every Ensemble project,” Matz says.

Unique Fusion of Technologies Delivers Breakthrough Results

Ensemble excels at enabling rapid creation of composite applications—new strategic business solutions that integrate the functionality of existing applications, new business process logic, and data from across the enterprise. It’s a comprehensive platform that delivers the capabilities required for the rapid implementation of even the most complex enterprise application integration initiatives. Ensemble features:

  • Full-Spectrum Integration and Development—A unified graphical, XML and code-based development environment accelerates modeling and automating business processes for business analysts and developers and supports rapid, service-oriented development of composite applications that leverage existing data and functionality.
  • Universal Service Architecture—Consistent, efficient object representation of disparate programming models and data formats enables use of the latest, most powerful development tools and technologies to access legacy data and functionality as reusable .NET or J2EE components, Web Services or XML. The risk of being locked into J2EE- or .NET-specific products is eliminated, and flexibility is maximized.
  • Persistent Object Engine—A distributed, high performance, ultra-scalable, SQL-compliant object database, manages and stores all metadata, messages and process state information, without the costs and overhead typical of relational databases. Organizations receive all of the benefits of object technology, as well as real-time access to both live and previously processed messages for auditing and business activity monitoring (BAM), and high reliability and recoverability for long-running business processes.
  • Customizable End-to-End Management—Easily customizable, extensible and seamlessly integrated management and monitoring facilities support rapid problem diagnosis and debugging, making it possible to optimize service levels and minimize staff burdens by automatically monitoring critical resources and generating alerts specific to any enterprise. As a result, operating expenses are reduced, and the potential for problems associated with using multiple tools from diverse vendors disappears.

Rapid Integration and Proven Results

Excessively complex integration products typically require years of implementation effort and are, all too often, expensive failures. In contrast, Ensemble provides a unique fusion of power and ease. As a result, business objectives can be fulfilled in exceptionally tight timeframes—a competitive differentiator key to the success of early Ensemble projects.

“In just 90 days, we were able to prototype a composite application that integrates information from five systems, all of which use different database structures and connectivity approaches,” says Ben Harris, Deputy Secretary Operations and Information Technology for the Florida Department of Children and Families. “After examining other products, it was clear that Ensemble’s ability to combine all of the integration technologies we needed in a single, seamless solution would result in less complexity and a significant decrease in time and cost than other approaches,” Harris continues. Based on the success of the pilot, the agency is now involved in a statewide Web rollout of the Ensemble-based composite application that will eventually integrate information from 59 systems.

According to Fernando Vogt, director of system integrator Interconnections, “Our client, Petrobras, is the largest company in Latin America with revenues of about $30B. They were extremely impressed that Ensemble enabled us to go live with a project that involved integrating a multitude of heterogeneous applications and databases in less than four months. The speed of this project was particularly impressive because it was so complex, consisting of many different databases, plus new and legacy applications, from SAP, Vantive, and IBM among others. BR Distributor, a fuel distribution subsidiary of Petrobras, is now running an Ensemble-based composite application to integrate business data via web services with its main customer, Usiminas, one of the most important steel companies in Brazil. This project allows Petrobras to invoice Usiminas electronically, which has brought significant benefits in performance and security.”

Pricing and Availability

Ensemble is available immediately on the HP Alpha OpenVMS, HP Alpha Tru64, Unix, HP-UX, IBM AIX, Linux, SunSolaris and Microsoft Windows operating platforms. Ensemble Enterprise license pricing starts at $125,000 per CPU.

About InterSystems

Headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts, InterSystems Corporation ( has served the needs of IT organizations and independent software vendors for more than two decades. InterSystems’ showcase products, the Caché post-relational database and the Ensemble integration platform, enable the rapid creation and fast integration of high-performance applications. Over four million people use mission-critical applications based on InterSystems’ software. Twenty regional offices serve application developers and integrators around the world, and 24 x 7 support is provided for all InterSystems products.

Trademark Notes:  Caché is a trademark of InterSystems Corporation.  Other trademarks belong to their respective owners.

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