Free open-source app integrator saves coding time
- By Shawna McAlearney
Open-source application integration software is getting accolades from end users
who previously spent “weeks and weeks of man hours coding integration tools
and utilities to process data.”
Apparel manufacturer The Marena Group had relied on in house programming talents
to exchange orders and product information data with business partners. Jitterbit
changed all that.
“Ease of use is a big reason we picked Jitterbit over others. We wanted
a powerful tool that was designed so that it could be used by companies like
ours–ones who don’t have dozens of programmers on staff,”
says Alex Knezevic, The Marena Group’s IT director. “We’re
not software developers. We downloaded a demo from Jitterbit’s Web site
and were transforming in hours–not weeks or months.”
“The tool is very user friendly. The process is mostly drag and drop,”
Jitterbit yesterday announced the general availability of Jitterbit Community
Edition and Jitterbit Professional Edition, which are designed to reduce the
cost and complexity of integrating key application data across a variety of
common industry protocols and data types.
According to Jitterbit President Sharam Sasson, all Jitterbit code is free
for the use of the community and can be modified, packaged or sold as anyone
sees fit. The difference between the free “Community” and “Professional”
versions is solely based on support and other services available from Jitterbit.
Jitterbit Community Edition 1.0 is available for free and can be downloaded.
Jitterbit Professional Edition 1.0 is available starting at $9995 per server
per year and includes full product support. Users can participate in the Jitterbit
Community and provide feedback.
“I was personally really impressed with the support received from the
Jitterbit team in the presales stage,” says Knezevic. “Even before
we thought about a commercial relationship with those guys, they were super
attentive and supported the ‘Community’ version of their product
better than a lot of companies support commercially licensed software.”
Marena Group’s future plans for Jitterbit include integrating the account/contacts
in the ERP suite with e-mail and the CRM system in real time using SOAP calls,
tying in the computer-based phone system, and data replication from a marketing
program database to the corporate Web portal.