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Cambridge, Mass. — September 1, 2009—InterSystems Corporation today announced multiple enhancements to the InterSystems Ensemble® rapid integration and development platform. The new features extend Ensemble’s ability to connect and orchestrate systems across the enterprise, provide additional services for development and testing of EDI/messaging applications, and improve message handling performance.  As a result, they provide the increased flexibility and control needed to resolve the complex challenges tied to enterprise-scale integration projects.

InterSystems develops innovative integration, database and business intelligence products. Ensemble is used to develop and integrate mission-critical applications, leverage previous software investments through composite applications, and establish an enterprise service bus or SOA infrastructure.

Ensemble-based projects are deployed in hundreds of organizations in healthcare, government, financial services, and other industries where reliability and high-performance are paramount concerns. Ensemble has been ranked number one for interface engines for the last three years by KLAS Enterprises, which provides independent measurement and reporting on vendor performance in the healthcare technology industry.i

Extending Enterprise Integration

Major enhancements to Ensemble include:

  • Enhanced .NET Support—Ensemble’s .NET Gateway has been extended to provide organizations with improved control over instantiation and manipulation of .NET framework components. As a result, developers can rapidly build composite applications involving .NET elements as well as orchestrate .NET applications without being limited to communication via a COM interface.
  • Message Edit/Resend— This new capability adds to Ensemble’s recognized strength as a reliable message delivery platform with powerful analytical interfaces for tracing message flow from system to system. With this release users can identify failed messages, edit the messages, and resend/redirect messages to the appropriate recipient. This feature is critical in highly dynamic environments such as healthcare, where systems that communicate through HL7 messages are continually moving between online/offline modes and interfaces are modified on an ongoing basis to connect to new business partners and systems.
  • Improved Reporting—Ensemble now includes automatic access to InterSystems’ enhanced Zen Reports. An extensible framework for generating reports in XHTML or .PDF formats, Zen Reports now supports use of external XML data sources and XSL style sheets, conditional report elements and styles, as well as providing multiple additional improvements. The new feature set enables faster and easier creation of reports based on data stored in Ensemble’s embedded CACHÉ database and improved management of the report creation process through use of style sheets.

Enhanced Connectivity, Performance

In addition to delivering new features focused on initiatives across the enterprise, Ensemble also includes new services that enable developers to rapidly test transmission of multiple EDI documents, including HL7 and X12 messages that are represented as Ensemble virtual documents. The virtual documents are utilized to compactly describe the EDI document and transmit it to recipients as rapidly as possible. These testing services are tightly integrated with Ensemble’s Visual Trace component that supports rapid testing and deployment of EDI and messaging applications—capabilities that have proven to be particularly critical in highly volatile industries such as healthcare and financial services.

Complementing all of these enhancements, Ensemble now handles message processing approximately 30 percent faster than previously due to improvements in various areas including SOAP, XML and HL7v2 message processing.

“Whether an organization is integrating systems, data, processes, or people, the success of an integration project comes down to whether you can easily connect assets, whether you have the analytic capabilities to monitor and appropriately adapt those connections, and whether the underlying integration platform can scale to higher volumes.  The improvements in this release of Ensemble reinforce the value of Ensemble in each of these areas.,” said John Joseph, Director of Ensemble Product Management for InterSystems. “We are committed to providing the innovative technology needed to enable development, integration and SOA initiatives across the entire enterprise.”

About InterSystems

InterSystems Corporation is a global software technology leader with headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and offices in 21 countries. InterSystems provides innovative products that enable fast development, deployment, and integration of enterprise-class applications. InterSystems CACHÉ® is a high performance object database that makes applications faster and more scalable. InterSystems Ensemble® is a rapid integration and development platform that enriches applications with new functionality, and makes them connectable. InterSystems HealthShare is a platform that enables the fastest creation of an Electronic Health Record for regional or national health information exchange. InterSystems DeepSee is software that makes it possible to embed real-time business intelligence in transactional applications, enabling better operational decisions. For more information, visit

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